Of the 514 European Medicines Agency (EMA) employees who moved to the Netherlands so far, half decided to live in Amsterdam. 256 of these expats now call Amsterdam home, and 258 opted to live elsewhere in the country, according to figures released by the municipality of Amsterdam.
The Dutch government is buying the Spark building in Amsterdam, where the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be temporarily accommodated until construction of its new building on the Zuidas is complete, ANP reports.
European Parliament approved the European Medicines Agency's move from London to Amsterdam, on the condition that the authorities report on the progress of the construction of the new EMA office on Zuidas every quarter, ANP reports.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed that it is moving from London to Amsterdam due to the Brexit on Wednesday. The EMA notified the European budgetary authority about the move, and started the procedure to make the move possible, Het Parool reports.
The budgetary authority will give its opinion on the move within the next four weeks.
Italy plans to urge European institutions to reconsider the decision to move the European Medicines Agency from London to Amsterdam due to the Brexit, AD reports based on sources around the Italian government in Rome.
Last year Amsterdam won the bid to be the new home of the EMA headquarters. The medicines agency is moving its headquarters from London due to the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union. Milan came in a close second place.
Last year 143 new international companies opened offices in Amsterdam. In the next three years, these companies are expected to create 2,700 new jobs in the Dutch capital. International companies already established in Amsterdam also expanded over the past year, creating over 4,100 new jobs, the city of Amsterdam announced in a press release on Thursday.
In his first New Year's Day address to Amsterdam, Acting Mayor Jozias van Aartsen praised Amsterdam as a respected capital city, one that "feels connected to the rest of the country." The annual address lauded efforts to reduce overcrowding in the city center, the development of new neighborhoods and hotspots, and focused attention on continued need for public transit investment.
A nail-biting lottery is how Amsterdam is now officially the next home of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Roughly 900 jobs will move to Amsterdam, with staffers needing to choose between staying in the UK or making the move to the Netherlands.
The European Union's EMA will formally leave London, United Kingdom beginning in March 2019 because of the impending Brexit.