Denmark may consider bidding for the London-based European Medicines Agency, should the U.K. go ahead with its plans to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said Tuesday.
Asked in parliament whether Denmark would be interested in hosting the agency, Rasmussen said: "There are two agencies located in London, one on financials and one on pharmaceuticals. Whether Denmark could come into play to host those is too early to say, but it’s something we’re looking into."
His comments follow a report in Danish financial newspaper Borsen suggesting Novo Nordisk, the world’s biggest insulin maker, is lobbying the government for the agency.
The EMA overlooks the safety of pharmaceuticals sold in a market of more than 500 million consumers.
Denmark already hosts the European Environment Agency, while Ireland, Italy, Sweden and Germany are among the other EU members said to be interested in the EMA.