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London Olympics Drives EU Drug Agency to Meet in Malta, Germany

October 28, 2011

Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Europe’s drug regulators will flee their London headquarters this summer to evade travel difficulties expected during the Olympic Games.

Some meetings between July 21 and Aug. 13 will be canceled, held virtually or relocated to the offices of agencies in Malta, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands, the European Medicines Agency said today on its website.

The Games start July 27 next year, with the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium in east London, about 3 miles from the agency’s headquarters in the city’s Canary Wharf neighborhood. The London Olympics will attract more than 320,000 foreign visitors, national tourism agency VisitBritain has said, citing a study conducted by Oxford Economics.

The government is expecting an extra 3 million trips a day on the London transport network during the Olympics, piling pressure on a system that already deals with 12 million journeys every day. The Olympics will end Aug. 12.

--Editors: Kristen Hallam, Robert Valpuesta

To contact the reporters on this story: Makiko Kitamura in London at mkitamura1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Phil Serafino at pserafino@bloomberg.net


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