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Europe’s top food safety body
has approved €73 million (£70m) of investment into scientific development
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA’s)
Management Board adopted EFSA’s five-year
strategic plan, its full budget of €73 million and its management plan,
setting out key priorities for 2009.
In its plan, which will run from 2009-2013, EFSA outlines how it will maximise the benefits of the scientific expertise at
its disposal across Europe and strengthen its integrated approach to risk
assessment to provide Europe’s
decision-makers with relevant, up-to-the-minute scientific advice.
EFSA plans to ensure the delivery and strengthen the quality of its
scientific advice, and boost its strategy on co-operation and networking by
increasing the number of bodies that can help the authority with work such
as data collection to 366 organisations, through contracts
and grants worth €7.5m (£7.1m).
EFSA will also strengthen its capacity to identify emerging risks and
develop a strategic approach to international activities while ensuring a
stimulating and rewarding environment for its staff.
Executive director Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle
told the Board EFSA had almost doubled its scientific outputs in 2008
compared to last year, while the number of staff had increased by 27 per
EFSA was helped in its work by its strengthened co-operation with member
states, its ever-widening network of experts, its
dialogue with risk managers, its improvements in efficiency and
productivity and by the efforts of all of its staff, Geslain-Lanéelle