Gov’t secretariat to start selection procedure for building to host the European Medicines Agency

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The government approved on Friday a draft Emergency Ordinance which provides that the General Secretariat of the Government (SGG) will take priority measures to identify a public or private property of the state, on the Romanian territory, that meets the requirements as the headquarters of the European Medicines Agency, if relocated. If such building is not found, SGG will initiate a selection procedure on the market.

“If no such property is identified, SGG will initiate a transparent and non-discriminatory selection procedure on the real estate market to find a building that meets the requirements of the EU institutions. The selection procedure is to be set by order of the Secretary General of the Government, which will be published in the Official Gazette,” a government press release reads, according to hotnews.ro.

Consequent to the procedure and the selection of the building, the SGG will take the necessary steps to include the building in Romania’ application file.

The approved normative act stipulates that, if Romania wins the relocation, the lease is negotiated and concluded between the EU institution/agency and the building owner.

The European Medicines Agency will be relocated in the context of Brexit. So far, several countries have applied to host this institution.

The relocation to Bucharest of the European Medicines Agency, a EU decentralized body, which has as its main responsibility the protection and promotion of public health, represents an opportunity for Romania, in the context in which our country currently does not host the headquarters of a European agency.

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