The Catalan capital has failed to win enough support to be the new base of the European Medicines Agency. The EU body responsible for regulating pharmaceuticals needs to leave London following Brexit, and Barcelona was one of the favourites to house it, especially as it had a large, modern building ready for it to move into. The agency employs around 1,000 people. However on Monday the Spanish candidate city lost out to Amsterdam.
Observers said that recent political instability in Catalonia had contributed to the loss of the chance to be the agency's new HQ. Health minister for the national government, Dolors Monserrat said: “We have a very clean conscience but maybe others don't.” Barcelona's mayor blamed both central and regional government for spoiling the city's chances.