European summit – the decision to relocate the two European agencies will be taken in November
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    European summit – the decision to relocate the two European agencies will be taken in November

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    It will be known next November when the two European agencies based in London will be relocated. The decision was made on Thursday night by the heads of state and government of the 28 EU member states at the end of the first day of the summit. The relocation of the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority is a consequence of the British decision to leave the European Union.

    Cities wishing to host one of the two agencies are invited to submit their applications by 31 July at the latest.

    The European Commission will then be responsible for evaluating the tenders by 30 September in the light of a list of objective criteria defined in advance. European leaders will have a political discussion on the subject in October, based on the Commission’s assessment, and the vote and decision will take place in November.

    “The EU27 will decide by vote in November on the relocation of EU agencies currently based in the UK, which confirms the unity of the 27. This reduces the uncertainty linked to the Brexit”, said European Council President Donald Tusk.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times