“Yes, Vienna can” – Vienna demonstrates its readiness for the European Medicines Agency
On Monday 11 September, at Austria’s Permanent Representation in Brussels, Federal Minister of Health Pamela Rendi-Wagner and City Councillor of Economic Affairs Renate Brauner outlined to diplomats, EU Commission officials, pharmaceutical industry representatives and members of the press the benefits of Vienna as a location for the EMA.
Of course, Vienna has much to offer: as the city with the world’s highest quality of life, Vienna is a particularly attractive destination for international enterprises and organisations – as well as for their employees. With its Expat Center and the Vienna Expat Club, the Vienna Business Agency fulfils its role as a point of contact for expats by offering services and assistance in 12 languages. These range from initial steps when settling in Vienna to networking opportunities in the local and international community. The fact that Vienna is the world’s third most popular congress destination further underlines its appeal for international organisations. Vienna also boasts a rich tradition and cultural life and has much to offer in terms of music, art and the famous Viennese coffee house culture.
Alongside all of these assets, however, the real icing on the cake lies in the details of the Austrian bid for the EMA: these include the symbolic rent of € 1 for concrete real estate if the EMA chooses Vienna as its location, financial childcare support for EMA staff, and a designated service centre at the Vienna Business Agency for EMA employees.
Wien, 11. September 2017