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European Medicines Agency relocating to Bucharest, a priority objective with Gov’t, says PM Tudose

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) being relocated to Bucharest is a priority objective with the Romanian Government, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose is quoted as saying in a press statement released in Wednesday.

Tudose is said to have asked the Health Ministry and the National Medicine and Medical Devices Agency, as organisations in charge with preparing Romania’s bid to house the European Medicines Agency, to continue their job to finalise the bid file so that it may be submitted before the July 31 deadline.

He made the request at a meeting of the Coordination Committee of the National European Affairs Management System that took place on Wednesday at the Government House.

“Proper preparation of Romania’s bid to house the main offices of the European Medicines Agency was and continues to be a priority objective of the government and the schedule for the submission of bids requires a sped up pace of preparation. I would like us to submit a consistent bid that would highlight Romania being ready to and deserving of housing a European agency,” said Tudose.

Tudose also called on all the organisations involved in preparing the bid to provide support to highlight Romania’s competitive edge in all areas of interest, given an increased interest on the part of all the EU member states to house the agency.

Active promotion of Romania’s bid will be an important duty, according to Tudose.

The meeting also analysed the latest developments in Romania’s preparations to take over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019.

Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu is quoted as saying that it is important for all the parties involved to work on schedule to secure a successful presidency.

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