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October 21, 2020

Gov’t finalises Romania’s bid to host European Medicines Agency after relocation. Health Minister to go to London on Monday

The Government finalised, on Thursday, the candidacy dossier for the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to Bucharest, against the backdrop of Brexit. The Health Minister, the European Affairs Minister and the President of the National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices will visit the EMA headquarters in London on Monday.

“The relocation of the European Medicines Agency to Bucharest represents an important opportunity that Romania could capitalise on. Attracting the headquarters of a European Union agency would contribute to Romania’s role and visibility as a member state. We have a viable proposal, and Romania has substantial expertise in the medical sector. I want to emphasise the sustained effort made by all colleagues who worked on this dossier,” Premier Mihai Tudose stated, according to a Government communique.

The candidacy was prepared by an inter-institutional working group that includes the Government’s General Secretariat, the Health Ministry, the National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices, the European Affairs Minister, the Finance Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

In this context, Health Minister Florian Bodog (photo), European Affairs Minister Victor Negrescu and National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices President Nicolae Fotin will pay a visit to the EMA headquarters in London on Monday, July 24.

The European Medicines Agency, one of the biggest and most important European agencies, is currently based in London. The Agency is a decentralised European Union body whose main responsibility is to protect and promote public health by assessing and monitoring medicines for human use.

The European Commission will examine the projects and will send its own assessment to the Council’s General Secretariat by 15 September 2017, with the final decision set to be taken on the margins of the General Affairs Council meeting in November 2017. The decision will be taken on the basis of successive rounds of secret voting, each member state having an equal number of votes. The member state that will be selected to host the EMA will no longer be able to file its candidacy for the relocation of the European Banking Authority.

“Romania has consistent expertise in the medical field, being in the upper echelon in what concerns the number of medical school graduates, and, starting in 2007, 14,000 Romanians specialised in medicine and pharmacy are working in European Union countries,” the Government points out.

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