CEO has responded to a - not overly advertised - public consultation by the European Commission (DG Sanco), on the revision of the EFSA founding regulation.
CEO has the following main concerns:
- Most fundamental problems in the functioning of EFSA that could be addressed by changes in the founding regulation are not addressed in this proposal by the Commission.
- Some of the options in the proposal for fees, namely suggesting to let industry pay for additional services to be provided by EFSA, but without increasing its overall budget for independent expertise, are highly worrying.
- It is unclear what the status is of the feedback that is being requested to the proposal. The issue is important enough to warrant an official public consultation, not only an open process at the level of the Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health.