“Global visibility”- Jurgen Siepmann

Jurgen Siepmann, Director of the Inserm U1008 Unit - Faculties of Pharmacy, Medicine and Dental Surgery in Lille.

What would the establishment of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in Lille represent for you?

A very valuable asset for our city, our region and for France too: The EMA is a world-renowned agency, with a major focus on the health and medicine sector.

Our city would have a far greater visibility on a global scale, as the strategies defined and the decisions taken by the EMA have a significant impact.

What’s more, the installation of the agency would not only see its employees relocating to Lille and the Hauts-de-France region, but also many independent experts and industrialists.

 

What do you think are the strengths of Lille that support this bid?

Lille is an attractive city, where life is less expensive than in other big cities in Europe like Stockholm, which has also applied to be home to the EMA.

The proximity to London is an enormous advantage: it would be incredibly easy for agents based in the British capital to relocate to Lille.

Finally, the direct Lille-Brussels link is a huge advantage. The EMA is one of the “key” agencies of the European Union: being 30 minutes from Brussels-Midi by train, from the heart of Europe and all the European institutions, is the main strength of Lille’s candidacy.

 

What would be the repercussions of the establishment of the EMA on your daily life and, on a larger scale, for the Hauts-de-France Region and France?

For our research unit, this facility would generate stronger exchanges with the agency, but also with independent experts and industrialists, who would live in/commute to Lille.

The arrival of the EMA would create jobs for the city and region, including jobs created indirectly. The other consequence would be increased global awareness and recognition of Lille and the Hauts-de-France, making them therefore more attractive.

Finally, thanks to the EMA, France could benefit from a reputation of excellence in the “health/medicine” sector.


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