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HealthMin pays working visit to European Medicines Agency in London

Romania’s Health Minister Florian Bodog on Monday paid a visit to the headquarters in London of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), as part of diplomatic and governmental action in support of Romania’s bid for EMA’s relocation to Bucharest.

“Together with Mr Minister Victor Negrescu, Mr Ambassador Dan Mihalache and Dr Nicolae Fotin, the chairman of the National Medicines Agency, we paid a visit to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in London, where we discussed with the agency’s Executive Director, Guido Rasi, and with almost 30 Romanian employees. Our visit is part of a wider picture of diplomatic and governmental action ahead of Romania’s submitting a bid for EMA’s relocation to Bucharest,” Florian Bodog wrote on Facebook.

The Government announced on 21 July that it completed the file on Romania’s bid to relocate the European Medicines Agency from London to Bucharest, in the context of the UK’s pulling out of the European Union.

“The relocation to Bucharest of the European Medicines Agency is an important opportunity that Romania could use. Attracting the main offices of an agency of the European Union would increase Romania’s part and visibility as a member state. We have a viable proposal, and Romania has substantial medical expertise. I want to evidence the sustained efforts of all colleagues who have worked on this file,” Prime Minister Mihai Tudose is quoted as saying at a government meeting last Thursday.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is a European Union agency for the evaluation of medicinal products.

The European Commission will analyse the bids and provide its own assessment to the European Council’s Secretariat General before September 15, 2017. A final decision will be made at a November 2017 meeting of the General Affairs Council 2017.

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