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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is holding a consultative workshop on its Draft Policy on Independence and Scientific Decision-Making Processes on Wednesday, October 12 in Brussels, Belgium. The event, which will also be broadcast live via webcast, will debate issues such as how Europe can foster scientific innovation through public and private initiatives while respecting the need for public authorities to deliver independent scientific advice, as well as how the EFSA can better engage with stakeholders in its decision-making process and how its governance can be improved through collaboration.
Explaining the rationale for the stakeholder event, EFSA executive director Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle commented, “This debate is larger than EFSA but as a key EU provider of independent scientific advice, we recognize the need for these discussions and have taken the initiative to organize this event. It will give EFSA’s stakeholders a valuable opportunity to contribute to shaping our future policy on independence and scientific decision-making.”
The morning program will include a roundtable discussion, with speakers from both the academic and public sectors, including a member of European Parliament. In the afternoon, the program will turn to interactive sessions with contributions from the online community. Included in these discussions will be members of civil society groups, interested industries, member states and academia, as well as audience members. To close the workshop, John Dalli, European commissioner for health and consumer policy, will speak.
The webcast for the event will be available here.