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The European Medicines Agency will lose more staff than initially anticipated after it relocates to Amsterdam as part of the fallout from the Brexit vote. Overall, EMA expects its staff will drop by about 30 percent and there is a “high degree of uncertainty regarding mid-term staff retention.” As of December 2017, there were 908 staff working at the agency, according to its annual report (see page 100). Meanwhile, due to employment rules in the Netherlands, 135 short-term contract staff will no longer be able to work for EMA.

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