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Government launches bid for European Medicines Agency

Following the Brexit referendum, a number of countries have submitted proposals for the EMA to relocate from its current base in London.

The document, titled Dublin: Where the World Comes to Work, stresses Dublin’s connectivity to other European cities and the US.

“With a flight time of just one hour 15 minutes, commuting between Dublin and London is a very realistic option for employees making arrangements to move their families or even on a longer-term basis,” according to the document.

“Competition on the route means cost-effective pricing, with up to 370 flights per week between the two capitals.”

It also states that Dublin is the fifth-best connected airport in Europe for transatlantic flights and the only European capital with US pre-clearance facilities.

The document outlines how two potential office spaces for the EMA have already been identified — one in the Dublin Docklands and the other in Dublin Airport Central.

“The first site is located in the rapidly-developing North Docklands area close to Dublin City Centre. It also falls within a Special Development Zone (SDZ), which was instigated as a catalyst to support and encourage the efficient redevelopment and rejuvenation of this area of the city,” it states.

“In terms of transport, the site is no more than 20 minutes from Dublin Airport via the Port Tunnel and the cross-city tram system, which terminates at the building’s doorstep. It is also well served by city buses. The second option is located in Dublin Airport Central, a vibrant new commercial district within Dublin Airport. A new 500,000ft² office development will shortly commence construction. The new development will be walking distance to terminals, offering seamless access to more than 600 flights daily to over 180 destinations worldwide. This exciting new development will also include shops, restaurants and medical care, as well as a new 400+ bedroom hotel linked to Terminal 2.”

The Taoiseach states in the document that Dublin is a modern, thriving European capital and is a great place in which to live and work.

A number of other cities, including Barcelona and Copenhagen, have also put in bids for the relocation of the Agency. 

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