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Bonn is applying to be the new headquarters of the European Medicines Agency (EMA)


Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe: "Bonn is a strong location for the EMA"

The Federal Republic of Germany is submitting the City of Bonn, located in the European Rhine Region, with the theme "Closer to Europe” to the European Union as a candidate for the headquarters of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe: "The European Medicines Agency has developed into a guardian of medication safety, and thus also of patient safety within the EU. Despite its necessary relocation, the Agency must be in a position to seamlessly continue its important work for the benefit and the protection of EU citizens. In the marketing authorisation procedure, the EMA relies on close corporation with the national licensing authorities. With the internationally renowned Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices in Bonn, the Paul Ehrlich Institute in Langen, near Frankfurt am Main, and the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care in Cologne, if it relocates to Germany, the EMA would have concentrated expertise and strong national partners it can rely on, all in close proximity. Bonn's pre-eminent scientific and economic environment makes it a prime location for the European Medicines Agency.”

Premier of the Land of North-Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet: "Bonn would be a great asset to the EMA, and the EMA would be a great asset to Bonn. Due to its location at the centre of Europe and its excellent environment, the Federal City is ideal as the location for the European Medicines Agency and for its staff members, too. The Government of the Land North-Rhine-Westphalia firmly advocates Bonn’s application to become the location of EMA’s new home.”

Head Mayor of Bonn, Ashok Sridharan: "We have impressive arguments why the EMA should relocate to the City of Bonn. After all, Bonn has an excellent reputation as a health location and, as Germany's United Nations city, the international infrastructure that the EMA requires. We are ready and willing to provide whatever support is needed to bring the EMA to Bonn.”

As a strong health and pharmaceutical location, situated at the centre of the European Rhine Region and at the heart of Europe, Bonn fulfils all of the prerequisites for the EMA to continue its work seamlessly and successfully.

Good transport connections by plane, rail and car to neighbouring European countries, and excellent international connections, make this location easy to reach and afford employees the greatest possible flexibility. International companies as well as the offices of
20 different United Nations organisations already use Bonn as a strong central location in the middle of Europe.

Short distances within the city itself, a well-positioned labour market, inexpensive housing by European comparison, international schools and childcare, a wealth of recreational and cultural opportunities close by, together provide the best possible prerequisites for EMA employees and their families.

In addition to the official candidacy around the theme "Closer to Europe", the website and the magazine for the candidacy show why Bonn, located as it is at the heart of Europe, is an excellent location for the EMA.

Great Britain's decision to leave the European Union means that a new home must be found for the EMA ,which currently has its headquarters in London. The official deadline for applications is 31st July 2017. The decision regarding the EMA's future location is expected to be made by the European Council in November.

European Medicines Agency - Five reasons for Bonn [PDF, 75 KB]
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