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Parliamentary questions
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10 October 2018
Question for written answer E-005154-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD) , Marco Valli (EFDD) , Eleonora Evi (EFDD)

 Subject:  Delays in plans to transfer the European Medicines Agency following the Brexit vote
 Answer in writing 

Last August, the Commission stated that it would be carefully scrutinising the measures proposed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to mitigate the risks to its operational continuity posed by its transfer to Amsterdam.

However, the facts suggest that the commitment made by the Commission has not been honoured since neither the Council nor the Netherlands is providing Parliament with the agreed updates on progress in the construction of the EMA building and no institution seems to be concerned about the explosion of the costs of housing in Amsterdam, the plan to reorganise the airport — a strong point in the Dutch bid — the lack of teachers for the international schools, the fact that not only has the EMA failed to obtain 40 additional fixed-term contract agents, it has even lost 135, and the changed wage conditions, which are an obstacle to the recruitment of the best candidates.

In view of the above, can the Commission say:
1. What measures is it taking to ensure that the EMA is fully operational, which is essential for the protection of public health?
2. When will Parliament and EU citizens be informed about the state of work — since the transfer of the EMA cannot go ahead before sufficient progress is made — and about measures taken to avoid wasting public money and making a mockery of taxpayers?
3. Have the EMA transfer costs been re-calculated in the light of the fact that in January a British court may find in favour of the Canary Wharf Group which is seeking compensation of EUR 320 000 000?
Original language of question: IT 
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