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HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 24 March 2017

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ENVI ‘welcomes’ UK’s continued membership in EMA
Politico, Helen Collis and Marion Solletty, 23 March 2017

The European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) has urged that, even after Brexit, the UK should remain a member of EU agencies including the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Repeating calls by other health ministers, the ENVI committee also called for a “swift agreement” on the relocation of the EMA.

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ENVI ‘welcomes’ UK’s continued membership in EMA

Politico, Helen Collis and Marion Solletty, 23 March 2017 

Even after Brexit, Brits’ membership in EU agencies including the European Medicines Agency and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control should be welcomed, the European Parliament’s environment committee urges.

These agencies’ work “should not be compromised” due to Brexit, which “should not lead to a lowering in standards,” the ENVI committee stressed in an internal document, obtained by POLITICO,  submitted for possible inclusion in the Parliament’s future Brexit resolution.

It “welcomes continued participation by the U.K. in these agencies” and expressed “a preference” for the U.K. to remain part of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals (REACH) process.

The calls contradict recent comments from U.K. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. He said it would be unlikely the U.K. retains membership of the EMA since this would mean being subject to EU jurisdiction — a red line Prime Minister Theresa May is not prepared to cross.

Repeating the calls of other health ministers, the ENVI committee called for a “swift agreement” on the relocation of the EMA and “transitional arrangements … to limit the loss of skilled staff and their vital expertise.”

The committee favored continued cooperation and financial contribution to the EU Health program by the U.K., with payments continuing to British beneficiaries.

It also urged continued cooperation on health and public health issues, including sharing expertise and contributing to the European Reference Networks.

ENVI said the U.K. should continue to abide by the bloc’s environmental policies on climate, emissions and air pollution.

HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 24 March 2017

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