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Minister Harris in Brussels to discuss Brexit and the European Medicines Agency

06/02/2017

Today the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD is in Brussels to meet with the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis to discuss a number of health related issues, including the consequences of Brexit for the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The Minister also intends to use the meeting with the EU Health Commissioner to continue to push for EU to work together on the issue of drug pricing and access to new drugs.

The meeting with Commissioner Andriukatis follows a meeting between the Minister and Professor Rasi, Executive Director of the EMA on 23 January at EMA headquarters in London. In view of the EMA’s vital public health role the Minister is keen to convey to Commissioner Andriukaitis the importance of finding a location which will maximise retention of existing staff and keeps disruption to a minimum.

Speaking ahead of the meeting the Minister said “I look forward to meeting with Commissioner Andriukaitis today and discussing with him the future of EMA post Brexit. I hope to have the opportunity to set out some of the benefits a location like Dublin would have to offer the agency, its staff and their families and I look forward to further engagement with the Commissioner when the process of selection commences”.

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