Small EU states losing the spoils of Brexit

Posted On Aug 9 2019 by

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades has written to the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission calling for equal treatment for small member states when it comes to the criteria used for decentralising EU institutions.The letter dated July 28, concerns the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and the European Banking Authority (EBA) from the UK by 2019 due to Brexit.Cyprus has applied to host the EMA, along with 20 other countries, but the criteria appears to exclude smaller member states from being considered.The EMA is Europe’s equivalent of the US Food and Drug Administration. The agency is responsible for the smooth-running of the EU drug approval process, which is vital for companies, as well as overseeing the safety of medicines once they reach the market.With nearly 900 skilled staff, an annual budget of €322 million and luring 36,000 experts a year to its meetings, the EMA is the largest EU institution in Britain.The criteria for relocation set out by the commission are that the agency in question can take up residence from the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc,“This should include the necessary logistics and sufficient space for offices, meeting rooms and off-site archiving, high-performing telecommunication and data storage networks as well as appropriate physical and IT security standards,” the EU document says.Secondly, the accessibility of the location concerns the availability, frequency and duration of flight connections from the capitals of all EU member states to the airports close to the location, the availability, frequency and duration of public transportation connections from these airports to the location, as well as the quality and quantity of accommodation facilities.Criteria also includes the existence of adequate education facilities for the children of agency staff for multi-lingual, European-oriented schooling that can meet the needs for education facilities for the children of the current staff as well as the capacity to meet also the future education needs.Appropriate access to the labour market, social security and medical care for both children and spouses is also a requirement.  Another requirement will be the ability to attract highly qualified staff from the relevant sectors, notably in case not all current staff should choose to relocate.According to an announcement from the palace, Cyprus applied in May this year to host the EMA, setting up a special ministerial committee. It said that the criteria de facto excluded Cyprus and constituted unequal treatment of a member state.The foreign minister has pointed out that the requirement for ready infrastructure excluded smaller member states that operate on the basis of supply and demand, especially when it came to flight accessibility, it added. Smaller states like Cyprus would also be excluded on these grounds.The letter sent by Anastasiades last week said Cyprus hoped that the relocation process for the EMA and the EBA did not set a precedent for future decentralisation decisions.“The letter stressed the need to ensure equal treatment of all EU member states, including small member states particularly in the region,” the palace said. “It expressed our readiness and our strong desire to host a European agency on the basis of objective criteria and a balanced geographical distribution of European institutions.”  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more