EMA Queries Cost Of New Dutch HQ As Milan Steps Up Legal Fight
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.
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An EU parliamentary committee has OKd the EMA’s move to Amsterdam, but with caveats. MEPs are unhappy with the way the agency’s new home was decided and have called for changes to the procedure used to choose EU agency locations in future.
The EMA is to notify the EU institutions of its intention to sign a contract for its new premises in Amsterdam, after reaching agreement on the costs with the Dutch government.
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.