Brexit : 23 candidate cities to host the European Union agencies

European states bid to host UK-based EU bodies

The European Banking Authority (EBA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA), based in Canary Wharf in London, employ just over 1,000 staff between them.

Eight are proposed for the european banking Authority (EBA), the less important, but with close to 200 employees.

The banking and medicines agencies are seen as the first spoils of Brexit by the 27 remaining members of the EU - Politico report that 23 of those entered bids for the EMA.

With the deadline up to present bids, the European Commission will assess the applications based on a set of criteria during the next two months.

A total of 21 states today put in a bid to host one or both of the bodies - meaning almost every European country wants to get involved.

The Irish government has earmarked three potential locations for the EMA headquarters, two in Dublin's docklands financial district and another by the city's airport.

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The German financial hub of Frankfurt is the frontrunner for the EBA, followed by Paris and Luxembourg and Prague, while Brussels, Dublin, Vienna and Warsaw have also bid.

Among criteria for selection are a city's infrastructure, transport links, jobs for employees' families, and the need to spread European Union institutions around Europe.

Eleven other European cities are also candidates.

The frontrunners are for the EMA are Amsterdam, Barcelona and Lille in France, with Athens, Bonn, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, Milan, Porto, Sofia, Stockholm, Malta, Vienna, Warsaw and Zagreb also in contention. Each country can bid to host one or both agencies. Ministers will then hold a vote in November in a process some have likened to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Its visitors to generate bookings of nearly 9000 hotel nights per year.

The applications will be assessed on guarantees the agency will be operational when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, accessibility of the location, schools for the children of the staff, access to the labour market and health care for the employees' families, business continuity and geographical spread.

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