About: European Medicines Agency

Health 22-02-2018

Health care risks being forgotten in Brexit talks, industry warns

Health risks being forgotten in Brexit negotiations, potentially delaying the availability of new medicines and imposing large costs on manufacturers, public health leaders have warned.
Brexit 07-02-2018

Italian pharma chief: Dutch EMA bid ‘may have misled’ the Commission

The smooth transition of the EU drug agency from London to Amsterdam is threatened by delays in the Netherlands, whose bid to win the agency may have been misleading, a top representative of Italian pharmaceuticals told EURACTIV.com.
Health 31-01-2018

Dutch official: The EU drug agency transition has been ‘by the book’

The preparations for relocating the European Medicines Agency to the Netherlands next year are underway and on schedule, a senior Dutch government official in the EU told EURACTIV.com on Wednesday (31 January), after recent media reports suggested that Italy wants to appeal to the EU Court.
Brexit 30-01-2018

Italy cries foul over temporary accommodation of EU Medicines Agency

Dutch officials and the head of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) sought yesterday (29 January) to allay any jitters among the agency's 900 London-based staff who are being asked to move to Amsterdam because of Britain's departure from the EU.
Brexit 24-01-2018

No deal ‘uniquely damaging’ to health sector, warns UK minister

Failing to reach a Brexit deal for the medical sector would be “uniquely damaging” to both the UK and EU, UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs on Tuesday (23 January).
Health 12-01-2018

Stakeholders call for more transparent meetings between pharma and EMA

Public health organisations and EU lawmakers say the closed-door meetings before the submission of a new drug between the pharma industry and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), a key player in the continent’s healthcare industry, should be more transparent.
Health 20-12-2017

Pharma firms face multi-million Brexit bill, MPs warned

Pharmaceutical companies face a multi-million euro bill in regulatory costs regardless of whether the UK reaches a ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ Brexit deal with the European Union, industry leaders warned on Tuesday (19 December).
Health 14-12-2017

Access to clinical trials and innovative treatments at risk after Brexit

LONDON: Patients in Britain risk delays to access life-saving medicines if the UK deviates from EU regulatory standards post-Brexit, a leading medical representative has warned.
Brexit 20-11-2017

Amsterdam, Paris take EU agencies in lucky dip thriller

Amsterdam and Paris won the right to host the two EU agencies that must leave London on Brexit after a dramatic ministerial meeting in Brussels on Monday (20 November) that left both result decided by drawing lots after votes were tied.
Global Europe 15-11-2017

On Rome visit, Borissov lashes out at ‘passive’ EU diplomacy

In a visit to Rome yesterday (14 November) Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov praised his host Paolo Gentiloni for stopping refugees from Libya, and lashed out at EU’s diplomacy, which is led by another Italian, Federica Mogherini.
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Health 13-11-2017

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The EU vote on 20 November will decide the new location of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), one of the big Brexit prizes.
Brexit 10-11-2017

Fate of banking, medicines agencies to be decided by secret ballot

EU ministers will vote by secret ballot on the relocation of two EU agencies currently based in London at the General Affairs Council on 20 November. The ballot papers will then be destroyed and no record kept.
Future EU 24-10-2017

Slovakia a pro-European island in its region, Fico says

Slovakia's prime minister, president and parliament speaker pledged yesterday (23 October) to keep to a pro-European path, a day after its Czech neighbours became the latest central European ex-Communists to elect a populist taking a hard line on the EU.

EU agency OK’d 39 cancer drugs without evidence they work, study shows

The European Medicines Agency approved 39 new cancer drugs between 2009 and 2013 despite having no evidence that they worked, unnecessarily exposing patients to toxicity, researchers said Thursday (5 October).
Health 28-09-2017

Croatia minister on EMA: ‘Moral’ obligation to favour a country without EU agency

In assessing the relocation of the EU drugs agency EMA, old member states have a "moral and political obligation" to give an advantage to those candidate countries that do not currently host another EU agency, Croatia’s health minister told EURACTIV.com.
Health 14-09-2017

Greek minister: EMA bid shows drugs are a social good

Athens’ decision to claim the European Medicine Agency's relocation from London sends a message that medicine is “not just a commodity but a social good”, Greece’s Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgios Katrougalos, told EURACTIV.com.
Health 10-08-2017

Europe’s south in discussions to form an alliance ahead of EMA vote

The Southern EU member states are exploring the possibility of forming a united camp regarding the relocation of the European Medicines Agency from London after Brexit, Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister George Katrougalos said.
Health 02-08-2017

EU drug agency announces ‘business continuity’ plan amid relocation uncertainty

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) presented on Tuesday (1 August) a business continuity plan aimed at tackling the potential challenges poised by its relocation from London to another member state after the Brexit decision.
Brexit 01-08-2017

EU states compete to host London-based agencies after Brexit

All but six European Union states are bidding to host one or both the London-based EU agencies that will be relocated after Brexit, setting up a competition that could easily escalate into a squabble.
Brexit 31-07-2017

Deadline for race to host EU agencies after Brexit

European Union countries faced a deadline Monday to submit their bids to host the post-Brexit locations of key banking and medical agencies currently based in London.
Health 28-07-2017

Athens and Milan throw names into EU medicines agency hat

Hosting the European Medicines Agency brings considerable economic benefits to the host city as the service employs more than 1,000 people, paid by the EU. Athens and Milan are keen to secure a slice of this lucrative pie.
Health 11-07-2017

Dutch health minister: EMA relocation is not entertainment, listen to the Commission

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is not a toy to be played with by politicians, Edith Schippers told EURACTIV.com. The decision on the agency's relocation should be based on the European Commission's assessment, she argues in an interview.
Health 10-07-2017

Pharma firms and consumer groups united over EMA relocation

EU leaders should make a patient-oriented decision on the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London and ensure “minimal disruption”, according to the pharmaceutical industry and consumer groups.
Brexit 07-07-2017

Diplomat: UK should not think EU ‘weak’ on drug agency relocation

EU member states are urged to put on a united front on the issue of relocating the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA), rather than bicker publicly and give the UK government reason to believe the bloc cannot cooperate properly, diplomats have told EURACTIV.com.