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At the last moment Denmark makes bid to lure EMA from London

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The Danish Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that it has officially submitted a bid for Copenhagen to become the new home of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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In a press release, the ministry said that the Danish capital would provide the “optimal setting” for the agency, which is currently based in London.

The Danish bid would offer the EMA 20 years of rent-free housing within “a new, modern and sustainable building with a superb location less than ten minutes from the airport”.

The bid also highlighted the Nordic nation’s vaunted high quality of life for prospective EMA employees and said that a transition plan had been established to allow the EMA to continue to function fully during the relocation phase, including “support and counselling to EMA staff and families, and targeted talent attraction”.

Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said that Copenhagen would provide a “plug and play solution” for the EMA.

The Council of the European Union is going to announce today the cities that are applying to receive the headquarters of the European Banking Authority and the European Medicines Agency, which are leaving London as a consequence of Brexit.

Porto formalised its candidacy on Monday to house the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which regulates the pharmaceutical industry and which has been in London since 1995.

Lisbon is home to two European agencies, Maritime Safety and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

Practically all EU member states have presented an application to host the EMA headquarters and the final decision is expected in October or November.

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