The European Food Safety Authority hosted a seminar on food safety for the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries on 1-2 July, together with the European Commission (DG SANCO, DG RELEX and DG Enlargement). The two-day meeting, held in Brussels, was a first step in building closer cooperation on food safety with Mediterranean and Eastern European countries bordering the European Union.
The seminar provided a valuable platform to outline EFSA’s role in the EU food system and to gain insight into the priorities of the ENP countries. EFSA was represented by Prof. Diána Bánáti, Chair of the Management Board, and Hubert Deluyker, Director of Scientific Cooperation and Assistance.
The Brussels seminar was the first event for the ENP countries EFSA has arranged in cooperation with the Commission. EFSA and the Commission offices plan to arrange two follow-up events in 2010, one for the Eastern countries and the other for the Mediterranean countries bordering the European Union.