EMA relocates to AmsterdamAn overview of events from the moment the decision was made that EMA will relocate to Amsterdam.
The temporary location for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is now ready for use. This is an important step in EMA’s relocation to the Netherlands. Today, Minister Bruins handed over the key to the Spark building to EMA. View the photos of this festive moment and read the full news item on the website of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
Thanks to good preparations and constructive cooperation between all parties involved, the technical delivery of the temporary building for the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the Spark building, took place today.
On 7 November, a delegation of the EMA Management Board visited both the temporary building and the building plot of the new EMA building. Read the news item.
On 25 October, the European Parliament voted in plenary session to legislate on the relocation of EMA. The result of the vote was positive.
In Brussels the European Union has reached an agreement to legislate on the relocation of the European Medicines Agency from London to Amsterdam. Read the news item.
Around 03.00 am the highest point of the core of the new EMA building was reached.
Image: Marcel Steinbach
Start of the construction of the concrete core of the new EMA building. This means casting concrete 24 hours a day for about 4 weeks.
Another important step forward in the relocation of EMA to Amsterdam: after a European tender for the facility services of the Spark building the contract was assigned to Yask Facility Management. On 20 July the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health signed the contract.
As of 13 July there’s a webcam to register the construction of the new EMA building on the Zuidas in Amsterdam. The webcam makes photos at specific times every day for a timelapse video of the construction.
Image: Roos Petersen
The seat agreement describes the relationship among the Netherlands and EMA, its bodies and its employees once they start operating in the Netherlands. This is an important step in the relocation of EMA from London to Amsterdam as a result of Brexit. The seat agreement allows EMA to prepare for a smooth transition of the work of its scientific committees and delegates. EMA staff and their families now have clarity on their treatment and can settle in the Netherlands without delay. For patients throughout the EU, a smooth transition of the agency is also crucial.
The laying of the foundation stone for the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) new building in the Zuidas area of Amsterdam was marked with a ceremony. Together with Gea van Craaikamp, Deputy-Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and alderman Eric van der Burg of the municipality of Amsterdam, Guido Rasi, Executive Director of EMA placed a time capsule containing good wishes for the construction and for the building in a borehole of one of the foundation piles.
1 May 2018 Start of construction EMA building on the Zuidas
25 April 2018 Amsterdam grants environmental permit for EMA building
724 employees had an initial interview.
13 April 2018 Dutch Council of Ministers agrees upon Seat Agreement
12 April 2018 Dutch government buys Spark building
27 March 2018 EMA and the Netherlands reach agreement on Seat Agreement
21 March 2018 Budget Committee of the European Parliament approves building plan
13 March 2018 Budget Committee European Council agrees with Dutch proposal for future headquarters of EMA
12 March 2018 ENVI committee of the European Parliament votes for relocation of EMA to Amsterdam
The Central Government Real Estate Agency signs a contract with builder Dura Vermeer to build the new EMA headquarters on the Zuidas in Amsterdam.
Dura Vermeer involves contractor Heijmans in realizing the project. Together, the parties form a building consortium for the realization of the Design, Build & Maintain project, with Dura Vermeer remaining the contract party for its client the Central Government Real Estate Agency.
1 March 2018 Start refurbishment Spark building
28 February 2018 The Management Board of EMA approves its new future headquarters at Amsterdam Zuidas
The Management Board of EMA approves the Netherlands proposal for relocation of EMA to its new future headquarters at Amsterdam Zuidas.
22 February 2018 ENVI committee European Parliament visits temporary and permanent housing facilities of EMA
A fact finding mission of a delegation of the ENVI committee of the European Parliament to the temporary and permanent housing facilities of EMA.
Individual guidance for EMA employees in finding accommodation, schools, career advice for partners and all administrative procedures needed for a move to another country.
The Central Government Real Estate Agency signs the lease agreement of the Spark building.
Image: Ronald Tilleman
The Netherlands Helpdesk deals with various questions from EMA staff about the relocation to Amsterdam and life in the Netherlands.
29 November 2017 EMA visits locations for temporary building
First visit to EMA of a Dutch delegation from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the City of Amsterdam.
On 20 November 2017, the decision was taken in the margins of the meeting of the Council of the European Union that EMA would relocate to Amsterdam in 2019.