The new EMA Headquarters:
Accessibility, Infrastructure
& Adjustment Plan

As a modern metropolis Athens features a world-class international airport,
extensive and reliable public transportation means and state-of-the-art overall facilities.

As such it can ensure the seamless relocation and business continuity of EMA.

Available building catering for all EMA needs


196-198, Thivon Ave.

The historical building of Keranis Tobacco Industry, has been transformed into a high-end, fully operational

7-storey building of 44,800m2

The building is constructed based on bioclimatic design principles, fulfilling the requirements for thermal insulation, enabling energy efficiency, as well as penetration of natural daylight to all office work spaces.
The building was refurbished into a modern office complex in order to accommodate the housing and operational needs of large organizations and enterprises.

The building allows for flexible functional planning,
thus ensuring that any future needs in terms of room types
and space can be easily addressed

Building Adjustment offer for EMA relocation

In order to ensure business continuity and the proper functioning of the European Medicines Agency in its new Headquarters, all EMA specified requirements have been met with building adjustments indicated in the respective floor area diagrams.


The building features security controlled spaces, has two separate entrances leading to a luminous and spacious atrium. All areas of the building feature high security standards including CCTV security systems as well as fire protection. The spacious patio of the building provides natural light and air flow, while creating an internal meeting place facilitating interaction all around the central core of the building.

There is an advanced IT network & data storage system, providing voice and data connection capabilities for all workspaces and areas of the building. The network complies to security and operational IT standards, while supporting 4G connection.

Keranis Area

The area of Rentis, where the building is located, is considered an up-and-coming city district, which is rapidly developing and has great potential.
The area currently offers plenty of recreational alternatives, such as shopping malls, amusement parks and multiplex cinema theaters as well as off-site storage spaces in close proximity to the Keranis.

It is ideally located in close proximity to the Piraeus port and the Athens sea front riviera, easily reached from Syntagma square, the city’s focal point, where multiple world-class conference centers, business hotels and multi-venue facilities are located.

The complex currently supports:

  • c. 30,000m2 of office and meeting space
  • 257m2 of storage rooms
  • 8,902m2 of parking area amounting to 549 parking spaces

In addition the building offers:

  • Several venues for conferences and cultural events
  • Fitness center
  • Library
  • Restaurant and refreshment points
  • Nursery facilities for employees’ children

Easily Accessible

The building is located in close proximity to all major Attica Road Network providing direct connection to:

  • The port of Piraeus (13′ drive)
  • The Athens International Airport (40′ drive)
  • The city center-Syntagma Square (20′ drive)
  • South Attica (30′ drive to Glyfada suburb)
  • North Attica (30’ drive to Chalandri suburb)

Public Transport Connections

  • Aegaleo metro station
    (line 3- 4 stops away from Syntagma central metro station) – guaranteed shuttle bus from Aegaleo metro station to the Keranis Building
  • Rentis suburban railway
    station (connecting the Athens International Airport to the building): 800m from the building
  • New metro station (2019) – line 3, in close proximity to the building
  • Total of 10 bus lines in a 500m radius
  • 8 bus lines on Thivon Avenue (stops) in front of Keranis building

Other Connections

Shuttle Bus Connection
The Greek Government will ensure the provision
of shuttle bus transportation from and to the closest
metro stations, so as to assist EMA’s staff daily commuting to work.

Additional Bus Lines
The Athens Urban Transport Organisation will establish
new bus routes and stations, based on the needs of EMA’s staff,
to accommodate their daily transportation.

The Athens International Airport (AIA):
Ensuring Accessibility to the Rest of the World

The “Eleftherios Venizelos” is one of the
most important European airports. AIA is one of
the fastest growing airports in the world, serving


and over

every year

AIA offers a seamless
and pleasant experience
to its customers:

  • 24-hour operations, state-of-the-art technology and equipment
  • Highest standards in safety and security
  • Efficient transfer
  • Overall reliable and innovative services

Since its official opening, the AIA has been awarded many
times for its business and operational excellence,
as well as for its innovative professional IT systems
and mobile applications, amongst others.

The airport is in close proximity to the METROPOLITAN EXPO,
the most modern and largest Exhibition & Conference Center
in Greece and one of the largest Retail Parks of Athens.

Other Connections

Highly connected airport to the city of Athens

  • Athens Underground and Suburban railways
  • 4 express airport bus route
  • 5 regional bus routes
  • Attiki Odos highway (the main ring-road connecting
    almost every part of Athens to its Airport)
  • Taxi rides from the Airport to the city center

Highly accessible
airport from all
major International

Direct flights to:



Flight times
to indicative EU capitals
and European airport hubs

  • Amsterdam 3h 30′
  • Berlin 2h 50′
  • Brussels 3h 20′
  • Bucharest 1h 35′
  • Copenhagen 3h 20′
  • Frankfurt 3h 00′
  • Madrid 3h 55′
  • Milan 2h 35′
  • Munich 2h 30′
  • Paris 3h 35′
  • Rome 2h 10′
  • Prague 2h 40′
  • Vienna 2h 20′
  • Sofia 1h 25′
  • Warsaw 2h 40′
  • Zurich 2h 50′

Ensuring Accessibility:
An Extensive Metropolitan Public Transport Network

The Athens Public Transport Network includes underground,
tram, suburban railways, extensive bus and trolleybus
networks, providing citizens and visitors with efficient
and reliable transportation services; it offers direct
access to the city center, the suburbs and all major points
of interest (hotels and convention centers) within the radius
of the greater Athens that spans over

30 km

With only
a few minutes
between every
train, Athens
metro is the
fastest, easiest
and most
reliable way to
explore Athens.

The Athens metro network consists of 3 lines that thanks to their


directly connect with the tram, bus/trolleybus
and suburban railway networks
through hub stations.

The Athens metro also connects between them all city entry
points (Athens International Airport, Port of Piraeus, Central
Athens Railway Station).

Metro Line 1 has been connecting Athens with Piraeus since 1869,
while lines 2 & 3 are considered among the gems of modern Athens.

By 2019 metro line 3 will have expanded with 6 new stations,
while within the next 10 years, 3 more stations and also a whole
new metro line will be added to the existing network.

Environmentally friendly, with a sea-view of the Saronic Gulf along
most of its journey through the Athens riviera, the tram connects
the center of Athens with the coastal suburbs in the southeast and
the port of Piraeus in the southwest.

The high-speed suburban railway line connects the Airport to
the city center and serves the suburbs of Attica, while connecting the
city’s public transport network with the national railway network.

Accommodation Excellence

Athens offers a total of

beds in

450 hotels

of various categories which greet almost 2,000,000 guests every year.
Executive floors, business centers and the concept of “an office in your
hotel room” have become almost standard features for the city’s modern hotels.

Word Class
and Conference

The organisation of congresses is one of the fastest
growing and most dynamic sectors of the Greek tourist industry,
with Attica being one of the

most popular

The dynamic city of Athens combines up-market conference
infrastructures with milestone monuments and glorious history,
peaceful and safe conditions, strategic and easily accessible
geographical position between three continents, gastronomy,
shopping and nightlife, modern services, traditional hospitality,
great outdoors and all the benefits of the Mediterranean climate.

In Athens there are


capable of hosting from large-scale international events
to small board meetings, and hotels with
excellent meeting facilities.

All facilities are easily accessible and conveniently
situated near significant sites, ideal for
post-conference tours.

Experience in big scale
event organizing

Greece is a member of the European Union with a considerable know-how
in organizing big scale European and International events.
Moreover, Athens and other Greek cities host International
and European Organizations.

The Greek Government and Administration are well experienced in
catering for the needs of such organizations and stand ready
to accommodate in every way possible the establishment and
functioning of the European Medicines Agency, inter alias by
means of a Headquarters’ Agreement.


sqm of conference space all around Athens,
equipped with the latest technologies for meetings and
congresses, offer 75,000 seats for delegates