Lisbon, July 31 (Lusa) – Portugal is due to present its application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which proposes Porto to house the institution’s headquarters, an official said on Monday.
The Council of Ministers decided on 13 July to apply for the northern city of Porto to be home to the EMA, considering that it is the Portuguese city that “has the best conditions to host the headquarters of that institution.”
On the occasion, the Minister of Health said Porto has “all the conditions” to house the EMA’s headquarters, including “logistics facilities” capable, with “a small adaptation effort,” of welcoming the approximately 900 employees who currently work at the headquarters in London.
As for the possible locations in the city, the Health Minister said “a building in the D. João I square, which has appropriate technical conditions,” has been earmarked.
Initially, Lisbon was the only national candidate, but the Government re-opened the process to include Porto as well.
Virtually all Member States of the European Union have already submitted or plan to submit an application for the EMA headquarters, for which there should be a final decision in October or November.
Lisbon is already home to two European agencies, the Maritime Safety Agency and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.
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