Paris wins bid to host EU banking agency post-Brexit

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Paris wins bid to host EU banking agency post-Brexit

Paris on Monday won the right to host the European Banking Authority after it leaves London in the wake of Brexit, the bloc's presidency said.


The French capital beat Dublin in a tie-break after three rounds of voting by EU ministers failed to produce an outright winner.
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the choice of Paris as the new home of the European Banking Authority (EBA) following Britain's withdrawal from the EU in March 2019.

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Macron tweeted (see below): "Paris will welcome the European Banking Authority! It is recognition of the attractiveness and the European commitment to France. Happy and proud for our country."
Paris is doing all it can to benefit from the uncertainty around Brexit and in September announced plans to cut taxes on high earning finance sector jobs as part of efforts to make Paris more attractive for firms shifting operations out of London.
Earlier this month  the president of the great Paris region of Île-de-France Valerie Pecresse announced that it has already been promised 2,500 jobs to be switched from Britain as a result of Brexit.

"#Brexit: 2,500 jobs already announced for Ile-de-France, with a target of 10,000 by 2019," Valerie Pecresse tweeted on a visit to London to meet representatives of 70 internationally-focused companies based in London.

Pecresse's figure concerns large financial companies, so the total could be closer to 3,500 and 4,000 posts once small businesses are taken into account, Arnaud de Bresson, chief executive of financial lobby group Paris Europlace and who was part of the visit, told AFP by telephone.

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Large financial institutions, including British bank HSBC, Swiss peer UBS and US giants JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley, have confirmed plans to move some activities to Paris, as well as to Amsterdam, Dublin and Frankfurt, as a result of Britain's departure from the European Union.

The Bank of England said this month that 10,000 UK financial services jobs could move abroad on the first day of Brexit, after warnings of up to 75,000 relocations in total.

Britain is set to leave the bloc in March 2019, but remains locked in tough exit negotiations with the EU.



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