Member States discuss agencies relocation
23 June, 2017
The 27 EU Member States that will remain after Britain's exit from the bloc discussed last Tuesday a possible process for relocating two London-based EU agencies during an EU ministerial meeting, news wires reported. The Union is seeking new hosts for the European Medicines Agencies (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA), as the two agencies cannot remain in the UK after Brexit.
At the meeting certain criteria for the relocation were proposed and the 27 countries “broadly welcomed” them as well as a selection process, said Helena Dalli, the minister for EU affairs of Malta, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency. The criteria include that the agencies can be up and running when Britain withdraws from the EU in March 2019; that the location should be easily accessible with frequent flight connections; and that there are appropriate schooling and work opportunities for the children and spouses of EU staff.
She noted that the final decision on the process was expected to be taken by EU leaders. “It's their decision then - they will take into account what was said today and they will decide on that,” she said. According to the proposal presented by Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Member States would have until 31 July to submit their applications to host the agencies. The final decision on the relocations is expected in October.