ARTICLE | Regulation

Regulation relocation

Analyzing front-runners to host EMA that can minimize disruption to agency

November 10, 2017 11:25 PM UTC

Moving EMA’s headquarters hundreds of miles in a 16-month period is a mammoth task, considering it took the agency three years to move addresses from one end of London’s Canary Wharf to another. The move, mandated for March 2019, will cause disruption to operations no matter which of the 19 competing cities the EU’s General Affairs Council selects.

On Nov. 20, the General Affairs Council will vote to choose the new location based on six criteria. These criteria include assurances the agency can be operational at the time of the U.K.’s withdrawal, accessibility of the location, educational and social security for staff families, the ability of the agency to continue operations and a preference for member states that do not already host an EU agency. ...

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