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Romania bids to host EU drug agency after Brexit

Staff Writer | March 22, 2017
Romania wants Brussels to relocate its pan-European drug regulator EMA to Bucharest from London after Brexit, the government said.
Romania and EMA
Romania and EMA   The government just approved a memorandum
Romania, which joined the EU in 2007 together with its southern neighbour Bulgaria is the bloc's second poorest, and has lost tens of thousands of doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists to the richer west since joining.

However, Romania is a leading EU member when it comes to its number of medical graduates.

"We are bidding for the agency's move to Romania. It's going to be a tough race but we're prepared for that. The government just approved a memorandum in this sense," EU Affairs Minister Ana Birchall told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

"In contrast to others, Romania doesn't host any European agency, a decade after accession."