According to Council of the European Union, EU members states have officially proposed 23 European cities that could be used as post-Brexit relocation sites for the two EU agencies now based in the United Kingdom.
"The Council has received 27 proposals by the member states, related to 23 cities, to host the European Union agencies now based in the UK".
Nineteen cities have bid to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA), while eight expressed interest in the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Council said in a statement. Hungary, Cyprus, Slovenia and the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have not bid for any.
The European Commission's assessment will consider criteria such as accessibility for current employees, work opportunities for their spouses and schools for their children.
A certain geographical balance in the distribution with other agencies of the European Union will also have to be respected.
Each of the 27 member states have the same number of votes.
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The Irish Government has entered bids for both agencies, along with Germany, France, Austria, Poland and Belgium.
The European Medicines Agency and European Banking Authority are now both based in London. A final decision on the relocations will be taken at a ministerial meeting in November.
Members states, which will nearly all have to take a decision while having at least one candidate, said the process that they set up will "be fair and transparent".
The ambassador of Luxembourg to Brussels has presented himself the nomination of his city Wednesday, ensuring that the Europeans were not "the vultures which whirl around the towers of London, waiting for these jobs fly to us".
The deadline for applications was Monday at midnight. The country aims to host the European Banking Authority (EBA).
Luxembourg also insists that a building, which could be adapted to the EBA, has already been built, and that it would be rent-free for a period that would have to be negotiated.