The two-day seminar was organised as a part of EFSA Pre-Accession Programme 2009-2010 for Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries. The overall objective of the Programme is to promote the understanding of EFSA’s work, share expertise and create information exchange mechanisms in order to ensure that the national authorities of the beneficiary countries can participate effectively in the activities of EFSA both prior to accession and following accession to the EU.
EFSA representatives covered issues such as new initiatives in the area of harmonization of quantitative and qualitative scientific risk assessment methods and technical support in the field of statistics, modelling, data management and risk assessment. Representatives of food authorities in Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia presented the state of play of the food safety in their countries and shared their expectations toward the future collaboration with EFSA.
The seminar gave a solid platform for exchange of views and experiences between the representatives form the two beneficiary countries, EFSA and the Member States. The participants took an active part in discussions on the different topics related to the Risk Assessment Methodology. Moreover, the contacts established during the seminar provided a starting point for possible future information exchange and collaboration.