Hosting the European Medicines Agency brings considerable economic benefits to the host city as the service employs more than 1,000 people, paid for by the EU. Athens and Milan are keen to secure a slice of this lucrative pie.
Around 20 countries across the bloc have already said they want to host the EMA, so competition will be tough and proceedings complicated.
A sign of trust
Greece claims that it has a “complete package” that makes its candidacy attractive.
Governor of the Attica Region Rena Dourou, who together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is coordinating the country’s bid, told EURACTIV that the Greek package could guarantee business as usual during the transition. (...)