Lille bids to be home of European Medicines Agency
With the European Medicines Agency set to move to an EU member state country post-Brexit, Lille has officially submitted its candidature
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is a decentralized agency of the European Union currently located in London. It began operating in 1995 and is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines in the EU.
The EMA protects public and animal health in 28 EU Member States, as well as the countries of the European Economic Area, by ensuring that all medicines available on the EU market are safe, effective and of high quality.
Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the EMA has to move to a new home in an EU member state by March 2019.
Five elements will be taken into consideration by the European Council when deciding between the candidate cities: the ability of the host city to welcome the agency as soon as the UK leaves the EU; accessibility; international education; a lifestyle adapted to the needs of EMA employees and their families; and a city which promotes and supports the continuity and efficiency of the work of the Agency.
Because the EMA offers services to protect EU citizens, the relocation of this agency must not jeopardize the continuity of its activity. In this respect, given its unique geographical position, France proposed to host the EMA in Lille, thereby enabling a smooth transition and providing assurance of continuity of its activities. The EMA’s future premises are directly connected (50 minutes) to the 1st continental International Airport (Charles de Gaulle) with daily flights to all European capitals as well as the US and Japan.
Lille is internationally recognized for its research teams as well as for the quality of its research and healthcare infrastructure. Its researchers, professors and clinical research doctors have won renown in the fields of drug design, toxicology, methodology for pre-clinical and clinical trials and clinical pharmacology.
With 80 million consumers located within a radius of 300 km Lille is at the crossroads of the key decision-making centres of the EU. It is also the second biggest university town with over 100 000 students, a great variety of housing, while property prices per square metre are among the EU’s most competitive.
Lille’s geographical proximity to London, combined with excellent transport links means a unique opportunity for employees who wish to maintain close links to the UK. This is also a major advantage, as it makes it possible for the EMA to retain personnel, many of whom are highly specialized with rare skills.
A city rich in culture and sporting traditions, offering a high quality of life, Lille promises to make the transition from London as smooth as possible for the EMA employees and their families.