EFSA's Stakeholder Consultative Platform appoints Chair

Members of the European Food Safety Authority’s Stakeholder Consultative Platform appointed Sue Davies as Chair. The Chair will coordinate the views and input of the Platform and report to EFSA’s Executive Director with regard to general issues relating to EFSA’s work and, in particular, the impact of its work on stakeholders.

Sue Davies has been Chief Policy Adviser at the UK consumer association Which? (a member of BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation) for more than ten years. She has actively worked on food policy for over 14 years and has represented consumer interests on a range of government committees and working groups. “Platform members believe Ms Davies will bring to the role a broad perspective on food and consumer issues as well as strong experience in chairing national and international meetings.”

Commenting on her appointment she said: “I would like to thank the members of the Platform for their trust. I am sure that we will have many interesting discussions and will be able to make a valuable contribution to the work of EFSA. I will strive to ensure that all participants have a chance to contribute actively to the dialogue with EFSA.”

The Platform, in the upcoming selection of two Vice-Chairs will take into account the importance of reflecting the diverse composition of Stakeholder Platform’s members. The Vice-Chairs will be appointed following the same procedure and for the same period of time. Platform members also expressed their interest in ensuring that the EFSA Management Board is kept informed of its activities. The Chair and EFSA secretariat will identify the best way to foster this dialogue.

Notes to editors

The setting up of the Platform, agreed by EFSA’s Management Board on 20th June 2005, reaffirms the Authority’s commitment to openness and transparency. Along with the Platform, EFSA will pursue its ongoing dialogue with stakeholder organizations, including consultations, scientific colloquia, and the organization of annual colloquia.

The Platform is composed of EU wide stakeholder organizations representing the entire food chain such as farmers, consumer groups, food industry, and food trade organizations as well as NGOs active within EFSA’s mandate. It will advise EFSA’s Executive Director with regard to general issues regarding the work of EFSA and, in particular, with regard to the impact of its work on stakeholders, thereby providing a forum for regular dialogue and exchange.

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