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Minister-delegate Birchall says she will fight for Romania to host European Medicines Agency

Minister-delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall said Wednesday that it is regrettable that 10 years after joining the European Union, Romania does not host any European agency, adding that she will fight for the European Medicines Agency, currently hosted by London, to be relocated to Romania.

“Since 2013, I have kept on arguing that Romania should host on its soil a European agency because a rule agreed upon at the EU level says that each member state should host at least one such agency. To me, it is regrettable and painful that 10 years after ours accession to the EU we are still not hosting any European agency. I have identified this opportunity. Last week, a memorandum was approved under which Romania was to officially submit a bid to host the European Medicines Agency, which will be relocated from the UK,” Birchall said Wednesday at the Senate.

She spoke up in favour of Romania’s bid being as well as possible prepared.

“The bid is being prepared by the Health Ministry in conjunction with the National Medicines Agency. I have asked my colleagues from the Finance Ministry to come up with incentives. Each state is preparing its bid. The better the preparations, the greater the chances. We will promote ourselves this bid as well as we can. (…) There is fierce competition (…) I am expecting each state to join the competition, but I also believe in our chance. (…) Besides the particularities of the agency, besides hosting a European agency on the national soil, you should know that that means recognition of your states inside the EU. I am fighting for this chance. Sooner or later, Romania will have an agency on its slid. I hope that will be this agency,” added Birchall.

At a meeting last week, the Romanian Government passed a memorandum under which the country was authorised to file a bid for becoming the host in Bucharest of the European Medicines Agency, currently located in London.

According to Birchall, some of the advantages of Romania hosting a European agency on its soil would be increasing its external visibility, job creation and boosting investment.

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