Which countries are seriously interested in hosting the headquarters of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which has to move from London after Brexit?
"The two agencies will need to be relocated in the context of the UK's withdrawal from the EU".
Races for the jobs and prestige associated with hosting European Union agencies often become heated, but this diplomatic contest risks weakening the unity of the EU's 27 remaining states in the midst of delicate two-year Brexit talks that started in March.
The deadline for applications was Monday at midnight.
Nineteen cities applied to the host the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bonn, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, Lille, Milan, Porto, Sofia, Stockholm, Malta, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zagreb.
Eight are proposed for the european banking Authority (EBA), the less important, but with close to 200 employees.
However, the only cities in the running for both agencies are Dublin, Brussels, Vienna and Warsaw.
He added, "We firmly believe that a move to Dublin will ensure that European citizens can continue to have access to safe, innovative medicines, and that the EMA retains its reputation for excellence in the global regulatory system".
The European Commission's assessment will consider criteria such as accessibility for current employees, work opportunities for their spouses and schools for their children.
Eleven other European cities are also candidates.
Some 19 cities are bidding to host the EMA, which is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines in the European Union and maintains the single market for medicines in the EU.
A political discussion in October will precede the private vote in November. Each country can bid to host one or both agencies. The EBA has a staff of about 200 people and its visitors book 9,000 nights of hotel stays annually.