19 cities have applied to be the new host.

ST – 08/2017

As a result of Brexit, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) will be relocated from London to one of the remaining EU Member States. The application procedure to host one of the two agencies has now closed. 19 countries have submitted offers to host the EMA. There were no offers made by the three Baltic states, Luxembourg, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Cyprus. As already reported, Bonn is in the running for Germany. 

What next?

Currently, the EMA has begun preparations to relocate to its new location. During the transition, it must have enough resources to continue to ensure that medicines are safe for patients in the EU. With that said, the EMA is not planning to move all employees to its new location. 


The Commission will publish an assessment of the offers on 30 September; this will be done objectively using criteria that have already been set out by the Commission. At the General Affairs Council in October, the assessment will be used as the basis for a discussion between the ministers of the Member States on the potential new locations. A final decision will be made in November. All 27 of the remaining Member States will be allowed to vote on the new location in a series of secret ballots. 

More information on the relocation of the EMA can be found here