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Friday, August 11, 2017

Presentation of Greece's candidacy to host the European Medicines Agency (9 August 2017)

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs G. Katrougalos and the Regional Governor of Attica Rena Dourou, as Chair of the Bid Committee, made a presentation to Greek and foreign journalists, on August 9th , of Greece's bid to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is being relocated from London. The Alternate Minister and the Regional Governor stressed that Greece has a tough battle ahead of it, as 18 other EU member states have also submitted candidacies to host the EMA, but that Greece's bid is based on a full, detailed and thoroughly documented bid file that highlights Athens' suitability and advantages in accordance with the criteria set. Greece's candidacy has many comparative advantages while also being a first-class opportunity to send a positive message of Greece's return to the core of European developments. Mr. Katrougalos and Ms. Dourou underscored the importance and multiple tangible benefits of the EMA's relocation to Athens, not only for the promotion of an invaluable social good – the promotion of health and the safety of medicines – but also for bolstering the Greek economy and, in particular, the successful and dynamic Greek pharmaceutical industry sector. Finally, they stressed the need for all of the country's political, social, economic and other forces to rally in support of Greece's bid to host the headquarters of the European Medicines Agency. The relevant decision will be taken at the end of November. More information on Greece's bid is available at