Sunday 17 June 2018

EU agency to set up stop-gap Amsterdam HQ ahead of Brexit move

The new headquarters is to be built in the Zuidas, or Southern Axis, and is scheduled for completionb in late 2019.

A model of the new headquarters of the European Medicines Agency, which is due to be completed in 2019 (AP)
A model of the new headquarters of the European Medicines Agency, which is due to be completed in 2019 (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Dutch officials have said the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be housed in temporary accommodation in Amsterdam before a new headquarters is completed for the agency’s relocation from London.

Dutch health minister Bruno Bruins announced that the EU agency and its approximately 900 staff initially will be placed in the Sloterdijk neighbourhood of western Amsterdam.

The new headquarters is to be built in the Zuidas, or Southern Axis, a neighbourhood that straddles the city’s ring road. It is scheduled for completion in November 2019.

EMA executive director Guido Rasi described the relocation as the biggest challenge the agency has ever faced.

Amsterdam narrowly beat Milan in a vote for the right to host the agency, which is being moved from London due to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

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