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Danish Minister for Health visits Brussels to highlight Denmark’s candidacy to host EMA

19-06-2017
PRESS RELEASE – Today, the Danish Minister for Health Ellen Trane Nørby is in Brussels to present the Danish candidacy for hosting the European Medicines Agency (EMA) when the United Kingdom leaves EU.

In addition to the fact that Copenhagen continuously is ranked among the most livable cities in the world – and the Danes to be among the happiest people in the world – Denmark and its capital have a number of other trademarks that makes it highly qualified as a new host country for the European Medicines Agency (EMA), when the agency, including its 900 employees, will be relocated from London as a consequence of Brexit.

Those trademarks include one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical industries, a strong Danish tradition for safeguarding patient safety, and an important research environment.

At a reception today at the Danish EU-Representation in Brussels where the Danish candidacy for hosting EMA after Brexit will be the focus, Denmark’s Minister for Health Ellen Trane Nørby will highlight exactly those trademarks as arguments for choosing Denmark as the host for EMA in the future.

“Denmark and Copenhagen offer the ideal conditions for the future functioning of the agency, and our candidacy has the full support of the City of Copenhagen, the capital region, the University of Copenhagen, associations and businesses in Greater Copenhagen,” says Minister for Health Ellen Trane Nørby.

In her presentation, the minister will also highlight the top notch infrastructure in Copenhagen, the leading position amongst EU countries within digitization and eHealth, and the strong research community around the pharmaceutical sector in Denmark, which helps to attract highly qualified experts who want to work with for example patient safety and pharmaceuticals.

The Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen is co-hosting the event at the Danish EU-Representation today and will give a presentation on why the City of Copenhagen is the best future home for EMA.

The reception takes place today at 5 pm at the Permanent Representation of Denmark to the European Union, and among the guests will be representatives from the other Member States, the European Commission, the European Parliament, patient organisations, the pharmaceutical and life science industry and think tanks.

EMA, today placed in London, has almost 900 employees and coordinates the work of approving and monitoring pharmaceuticals in the EU countries. In relation to the continuous improvement of the regulation of medicines in the EU, the EMA delivers scientific counselling to the pharmaceutical industry.

The relocation of EMA from London to another EU Member State has been triggered by Brexit and the decision on the future seat of EMA is expected to be made in the fall.

For more information, contact:
The Ministry of Health: Press Officer Katrine Kirch Kirkegaard, tel.: +45 50 96 50 69

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Sidst opdateret 19-06-2017

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