Saturday 21 October 2017

Spain offers to host EU medicines agency post-Brexit

Barcelona has been put forward as a possible new host for the organisation
Barcelona has been put forward as a possible new host for the organisation

Spain has joined the list of nations bidding to host the EU's medicines oversight body after the UK exits the bloc.

Health minister Dolors Montserrat said Spain believes that Barcelona is the ideal place to house the headquarters of the European Medicines Agency when it relocates from London.

Barcelona has offered its Agbar skyscraper as the body's headquarters.

The Netherlands and Portugal are also among several countries presenting bids for the lucrative oversight body.

The agency, which employs about 900 people, is one of the biggest EU institutions with an annual budget of more than 300 million euro (£255 million).

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