“Milan is an Italian point of excellence: it is the economic capital of the Country, but is also capable of delivering very high-level public services. A city of easy and pleasant living. This is why the Government has decided to put up Milan’s candidacy to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA). We are aware that it is a difficult challenge insofar as the candidacy, which is highly competitive, is up against important European cities, but we think that Milan has a chance because it is already headquarters to 294 Pharma companies and 491 Biotech research companies, 49 and 32 of which are respectively partially owned by foreign shareholders. In addition, we should also point out the synergies that would be formed with the European Food Security Agency (EFSA), in Parma since 2002, with the Human Technopole project and with the State University’s interest in creating a new campus capable of accommodating over 20,000 people.” This is the statement made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, at the meeting held at the Farnesina on Wednesday, 26 July, on the sidelines of the 12th Conference of Ambassadors, on commenting the promotion of Milan’s candidacy as the new headquarters of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) while addressing the heads of mission of the EU Member Countries. The meeting follows the launch of the Milan candidacy by Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the press conference held in Milan last 24 July.
The event, which was open by the Secretary-General of the Foreign Ministry, Elisabetta Belloni, and moderated by the Director-General for the EU, Giuseppe Buccino, also included contributions by the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Vincenzo Amendola, the Undersecretary of State for European Affairs, Sandro Gozi, the Advisor to the Prime Minister for the promotion and relocation of the headquarters of EMA in Milan, Prof Enzo Moavero Milanesi, the Vice President of the Regional Council of Lombardy, Fabrizio Sala, and the representatives of the Municipal Council of Milan and of the world of business.
The Italian diplomatic and consular network in EU Member Countries continues to be engaged in a continuing and incisive action to support the Milan candidacy. The selection process in a very tight competition with numerous other European cities, will end with a progressive elimination process (with a maximum three voting sessions) to take place at the General Affairs Council of 20 November.
The promotion of the Milan candidacy, which has given a significant example of the synergy between the central Government and its different agencies and the Region of Lombardy and the Municipality of Milan, is part of a broader effort to support Italy’s economic growth and was one of the themes addressed by the 12th Conference of Ambassadors.