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The European Medicines Agency, EMA, will not relocate its headquarters to Stockholm after Brexit, reports Swedish news wire TT, referring to Danish diplomat sources. The city of Stockholm wanted to host the new headquarters for the EMA, which would have generated 890 jobs, but Stockholm was knocked out in the first round of voting in Brussels. Swedish media reported on Monday evening that the headquarters, instead, will be moved to Amsterdam. The fight to win this economic jewel has been intense, a fact underlined by a Twitter outburst by the Danish foreign minister, who accused Sweden of betraying Copenhagen. Asked whether it would affect continued cooperation between Sweden and Denmark, Samuelsen answered: “I think that the Swedes themselves expect it to have consequences in relation to how we work together”. Meanwhile, Malmö councillors expressed their frustration that Sweden did not cooperate with Denmark.
The Financial Times reported on the voting system to decide the winner: “Under a complex multi-round process ministers began by each assigning a three-point vote a two-point vote and a one-point vote to different candidates, with the three best performing cities then advancing to the next round. For the EMA the system was used to whittle the 16-strong field to three — Milan Amsterdam and Copenhagen — then to a head-to-head between the Dutch and Italian cities. After the pair tied for support with 13 votes each in the final round it fell to the minister from Estonia which holds the EU’s rotating presidency to reach into a large bowl and pick the winner. The biggest shock of the first round of EMA voting was the elimination of Bratislava which had been viewed as a frontrunner, not least because central and eastern Europe are under-represented when it comes to EU agencies. The Slovak capital finished in fourth place with 15 points behind Milan on 25 and Amsterdam and Copenhagen on 20.”