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Spain bids to become home of European Medicines Agency 

The Government of Spain has presented Barcelona’s candidature to host the new headquarters of the European Medicines Agency.

The document includes the continuity plan that Spain is offering to ensure that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) can continue operating and thus guarantee the safety of European patients.

The proposal has been drawn up by the technical team charged with presenting the candidature, which is made up of representatives from the different departments of the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Regional Government of Catalonia and the City Council of Barcelona. The document focuses on explaining six criteria that are essential requirements for hosting the EMA. Furthermore, a seventh section has been added in which Spain’s potential in innovation and research has been set out.

The proposed venue, the Glòries Tower, is in the very heart of Barcelona and is ready for immediate occupation by the new tenants.

The Government is stressing Barcelona’s excellent accessibility and services and the value of Spain’s leading role in the sector of innovation and research, in which 200,000 people are currently working.

For example, it underlines that Spain was the first country to develop national legislation on clinical trials and, furthermore, is the leader in clinical trials of advanced therapy medicinal products.