Meeting of the EFSA Stakeholder Consultative Platform 9 and 10 March 2006
EFSA Independent Evaluation Report
Participants agreed with many of the issues mentioned in the Evaluation report on the Authority including:
- the good start EFSA has made to become a centre for scientific excellence on food and feed safety
- the need to increase further EFSA’s networking with national agencies and international bodies
- the need for continuing collaboration with EU institutions, Member States and Stakeholders on risk communication.
The Plaftorm also agreed with the need for more activities by EFSA in relation to emerging risks, and for EFSA to continue fostering dialogue at all levels with stakeholders and representatives of civil society.
Nutrition was identified as an important area for EFSA to be more involved in.
• Cut to the EFSA budget
Concerns were expressed concerning the decision to cut the EU budget for the Heading “Citizenship”(which includes) areas such as public health, youth, consumer protection, and culture, and under which EFSA operates.
The Platform welcomed more initiatives to enhance EFSA’s transparency policy and measures to safeguard the independence of its scientific work.
Sue Davies, Chair of the Platform will report the views of the members to the Management Board during its away day in London at the end of March