MEPs To Visit Amsterdam To Check On EMA Relocation Progress
Members of the European Parliament are heading to the Netherlands to see whether the European Medicines Agency’s relocation process is going according to plan. The move follows Italian criticisms that the Dutch provided “incomplete” information about their readiness to host the agency.
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The Dutch government has insisted that the relocation of the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam will go smoothly and that the agency’s permanent headquarters will be ready on time, despite an argument over the costs of the new premises and a renewed drive by Italy to have the EMA located in Milan.
A senior German regulator says that changes the EU medicines regulatory network has been making since the UK announced it was leaving the EU means that nothing will ever be the same again irrespective of whether the UK is allowed to remain in network as part of a Brexit deal.
The Italian government has asked the Court of Justice of the EU to annul the decision to site the European Medicines Agency in Amsterdam and wants to move the agency instead to Milan. But the Dutch government insists that the selection process was “fair” and that the need for temporary premises had been made clear all along.