Lille and Paris
7 August 2017

Lille and Paris candidate cities for the relocation of UK-based European agencies

Lille and Paris are bidding to host the new headquarters of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Banking Authority (EBA).
London is currently home to both the EMA and EBA, but after Brexit, these two institutions will have to leave the British capital. Several European cities have thus put themselves forward to host these relocations – Paris and Lille among them.

Lille and the European Medicines Agency (EMA)

Lille has submitted an offer to accommodate the new premises of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in March 2019. The EMA is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines in the European Union (EU). The European Metropolis and City of Lille, the State and Hauts-de-France Region are delighted to have made an application which meets the selection criteria to a tee. What is more, Lille is ideally located for ensuring staff as smooth a transfer as possible, which will help to guarantee the continuity and scientific quality of the EMA's expertise.

Paris and the European Banking Authority (EBA)

Paris is bidding to host the European Banking Authority (EBA), whose role it is to set up a consistent regulatory and supervisory framework across the European banking sector. This application is entirely in keeping with the intention to "make Paris Europe’s leading financial hub after Brexit" (Édouard Philippe, 7 July 2017 at the Monnaie de Paris).

Upcoming dates

The European Commission is due to complete its assessment of applications by 30 September 2017. On 20 November 2017, the 27 EU Member States will vote to decide on the future headquarters of the EBA and EMA.