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Parliamentary questions
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15 November 2017
Answer given by President Juncker on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: P-005871/2017

Paragraph 15 of the Guidelines for Brexit negotiations of the European Council of 29 April 2017 states that ‘while the future location of the seats of EU agencies and facilities located in the United Kingdom is a matter for the 27 Member States to settle rapidly, arrangements should be found to facilitate their transfer’(1).

Furthermore, in the margins of the European Council of 22 June 2017, the Heads of State or Government of 27 Member States endorsed the procedure leading up to a decision on the relocation of the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority in the context of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the Union(2).

This procedure sets out six criteria which the interested Member States should address in their offer to host one or both of the Agencies. One of these criteria is the geographical spread of agencies' seats. The deadline for submitting offers expired on 31 July 2017(3). The Commission has been invited to examine the submitted offers based on the six criteria agreed by the 27 Member States and to submit an assessment of the offers by 30 September 2017. On 30 September 2017, the Commission submitted its assessment of the offers to the Secretary-General of the Council(4).

On the basis of this assessment, it is for the 27 Member States to decide on the new locations for the two Agencies. A political discussion based on the Commission's assessment took place in the margins of the General Affairs Council (Article 50) meeting of 17 October 2017. The 27 Member States will take a decision by vote in the margins of the General Affairs Council (Article 50) meeting of 20 November 2017. The Commission does not take part in this vote, nor does it have any other formal role in the decision-making process regarding the new locations for the two Agencies.

(3)For more information on the submitted offers, please refer to the website mention in footnote 1.

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