• By ICR Secretariat
  • Posted Monday, December 4, 2017

EMA Move to Amsterdam


"Well, that was unexpected. The EU’s third and final vote on the new location of the European Medicine Agency tied between Milan and Amsterdam, with Amsterdam winning the proverbial coin toss tie-breaker (EU officials drew the city’s name out of a bowl).

The results may surprise those following the first two voting rounds closely, as Milan came in the lead on the previous sessions. Both cities ranked extraordinarily well on the EMA’s scorecard, with the locations especially popular with the agency’s 900-person staff. The EMA said earlier this month that 65% or more of its staff would be willing to relocate to both Milan and Amsterdam. According to a staff survey in September, Amsterdam would woo the most EMA staffers to relocate, while Milan ranked fourth."

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