A survey by the EMA asked staff to give their thoughts on the 19 candidate cities that applied to host the health agency after Britain’s withdrawal from the EU in March 2019.
The candidates range from Dublin, Amsterdam and Stockholm, which are among the favourites, to Bucharest, Warsaw and Zagreb, which are regarded as outsiders.
The results revealed that, in the case of the eight least popular possible new locations, staff retention rates could be significantly lower than 30% and as low as 6% in the case of one of the unnamed cities.
As indicated by the article, there was a serious concern related to staff retention rate based on the new location. Some analysts  argued that the expertise required for EMA employees is quite hard to find, thus retention rate after relocation is very important.
Question: Was the new location the result of a pure democratic process (votes only) or was it combined with some technical aspects (e.g. employees opinions, cities capacity to accommodate such an institution).