Brexit battle: Austria begins charm offensive to take European Medicines Agency HQ from UK


The European Bloc (EU) country also wants to be the centre for the European Banking Supervisory Police (EBA) as well.

Health Minister Pamela Rendi-Wagner and Vienna’s financial megalopolis councillor Renate Brauner are presenting their application for the EU drug force in Brussels today. 

The race to win the prize of the EMA is now particularly fierce with 19 conurbations, including Vienna, vying to become the new HQ of the EU drug agency.

Also in the match are Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Milan.

Austria wants to host the EMA once the UK has left the EUGetty

Austria has now met the race to host the EMA once the UK is out of the EU

The EU Commission will examine the applications by 30 September, but according to diplomats, there thinks fitting be no shortlist.

It is therefore likely that the decision will not be taken until November in the EU Congregation of Ministers in a secret ballot.

The new seat of the EBA, which is also moving away from London due to Brexit, obligation also be decided.

For the EBA, Frankfurt is widely regarded as a favourite.

Eurocrats have estimated the bring in of moving the EMA out of the UK at a staggering £521million, which is a massive £163million heavens their initial estimate.

The EMA has calculated the cost of moving its operations and club, and paying off the remainder of a locked in lease that runs until June 2039, at more than half a billion crushes. Officials previously estimated it would run to £358million. 

This see includes £401million to pay off the rest of the lease, £34million to kit out its new domicile, £47.4million for relocating the agency’s 890 strong workforce and £21.7million on IT and audiovisual tack and meeting rooms. 

However, there is a possibility that number could be scarred somewhat given the embarrassing revelation for Brussels that three chambers of its workers may refuse to leave London.

Jean-Claude Juncker in BrusselsPA

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

The actions employ more than 1,000 people with the EMA alone captivating 36,000 visitors including scientists and health professionals in 2015.

The European Commission ordain review the national offers with the new host city expected to be apt to host the agencies by the day Britain leaves the EU in 2019. 

Guidelines seen by the Wall Drive Journal say the European Commission will assess bids on a series of compulsive criteria including airport access and local schools.

Countries can bid for both intercessions but will only be allowed to host one with the EMA, which decides if cure-alls are safe for the European single market, said to be the top prize. 

Leading contenders to outfit the EMA are already jockeying for position, with Spanish Health Minister Dolors Montserrat frame out the case for Barcelona to host the agency during a visit to Brussels in May.

She claimed: “Barcelona is ready to host the EMA now. No-one is offering a better combination of unearthing, facilities, services and a high quality of life from both a practised and social perspective than Barcelona.»

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg

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