Congratulation to Amsterdam as a new EMA location - Vienna positioned itself among the favourites.
In the last 10 months Vienna has positioned itself as the new location for the EMA at a number of levels in the EU-wide competition. The city even created a website EMAZINGVIENNA.at to appeal to the members of the EMA staff. By Sunday, the website had been accessed 11,678 times with 2,600 visits from the United Kingdom alone. In the internal EMA staff survey, Vienna took third place among the 19 candidates. To persuade EU decision-makers that Vienna would be the best choice, Austria’s former ambassador to the EU, Gregor Woschnagg visited almost all European capitals in recent months on behalf of the Republic. In doing so, he travelled 39,733 air kilometres – almost the equivalent of circumnavigating the Earth.
The bid to host the EMA has further enhanced Vienna’s importance as a life sciences centre in a global context and especially within the EU. Existing services in this sector were highlighted during the bidding process and the city’s many advantages in terms of quality of life and economic strength were showcased. This was also due in no small measure to the attention received from the international media, which in recent weeks increasingly named Vienna as one of the favourites in the race. The bid was worth every penny and every minute of work that was invested, as after the bidding phase Vienna is now positioned even more strongly as a life sciences centre than it was before.