EFSA took over the chairmanship of the EU Agencies Network from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on 2 March 2017.
EFSA’s Executive Director, Bernhard Url, said: “Our work programme focuses on sharing services so that we can create more value for European citizens by working together on joint activities such as procurement and IT solutions. And we’ll continue our cooperation on specific topics like the work being done by EFSA, the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on antimicrobial resistance.”
Mr Url’s counterpart at EUIPO, Executive Director António Campinos, reflected on his agency’s time at the helm of the network. “The EU agencies are the visible face of the EU at the level of the Member States. I think our main achievement during the past year has been to increase our visibility and underline our impact both at European level and on the local economy in the Member State where we are located.”
The network comprises 45 agencies based in EU Member States. Sharing resources and expertise, the agencies have an impact on a wide range of areas that touch the lives of European citizens – from safety, to freedom and justice, innovation, research and business, transport and satellite systems.
EFSA’s chairmanship is scheduled to run until March 2018.