Amsterdam sweetens the pill with new building offer for European Medicines Agency - (DutchNews.nl via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Amsterdam has promised to construct a purpose-built office building in its Zuidas business district, as part of its efforts to persuade the European Medicines Agency to relocate its headquarters to the city from London, Dutchnews.nl reported Wednesday.

  • The city is among 18 cities that are vying to house the agency, with a final decision expected in November.

  • The Dutch government indicated that it would spend 250 million euros to 300 million euros to construct the building for the EMA, which would then rent the space at market rates.

  • Amsterdam deputy mayor Kajsa Ollongren argued that no special deals are needed given the advantages of the city, including easy airport access, hotel availability, expatriation assistance for EMA staff and plans to expand space in nearby international schools.

  • Other cities competing to host the EMA include Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Lille and Milan.

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