The EMA is currently located in London and is responsible for scientific evaluation, monitoring and pharmacological surveillance in the EU, with 890 people on staff, but its activity generates some 36,000 visits each year.
The Agency is expected to leave the United Kingdom at the end of March 2019, when the Brexit process ends, by which the country will no longer be a member state. Therefore, since June 2016, Barcelona was presented as a candidate city to host the new headquarters of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
The European Commission has published the assessment of the 19 cities that are candidates to host the new headquarters of the European Medicines Agency. In the presented report, it evaluates the candidate cities according to six criteria, among which one must have an international airport, hotel capacity, international schools and housing for agency workers and their families.
Barcelona also stands out for the availability it offers in terms of facilities, the emblematic Torre Glories that would be ready for the EMA at the end of 2018.
The Member States will have a political debate this October from the information that the Commission has just offered, but the final election will take place in November.
Barcelona is one of the favorite cities, next to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Vienna, Milan and Dublin.