7 February 2018 - Members discussed temporary and permanent premises.
The EMA's Management Board met yesterday in an extra-ordinary session to discuss EMA’s future premises in Amsterdam. EMA will move from London to Amsterdam before the end of March 2019, when the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union (EU). The Dutch authorities have committed to building completely new, tailor-made premises for EMA in the business district Zuidas. The building will not be completed by 30 March 2019, when EMA has to be fully operational in Amsterdam. Therefore, the selection and availability of a temporary building was part of the Netherland’s bid to host the Agency.
The Board was updated on the good progress made regarding EMA’s temporary premises, which are located in the Sloterdijk area of Amsterdam. A delegation from the Netherlands confirmed that the Spark building will be refurbished by the Dutch authorities in line with EMA’s requirements and will be made available on 1 January 2019. This will allow EMA to gradually move all staff to Amsterdam before the end of March 2019. The interim solution ensures EMA’s business continuity in Amsterdam for the limited time until its new permanent building is completed on 15 November 2019.