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In Dutch: 09.06.10 VILT: "NGOs geloven niet in label voor verantwoorde soja". http://www.vilt.be/Ngos_geloven_niet_in_label_voor_verantwoorde_soja This article includes a response from Belgian animal feed association BEMEFA, incorrectly claiming that RTRS soy will not be grown on recently deforested land, whereas the criteria do tolerate 'responsible' soy to be grown on recently deforested land. 14.06.10 Certificaat voor 'duurzame soja' vastgesteld http://www.oneworld.nl/index.php?articleId=25790&articleType=UitDeMedia&... 17.06.10 "Bestaat er maatschappelijk verantwoorde soja?" by Luc Vankrunkelsven, Wervel http://www.dewereldmorgen.be/artikels/2010/06/16/bestaat-er-maatschappel...
 
Scientific advice should be transparent, objective and independent, and there should be more science and more diverse expertise available to the European Commission’s President, a coalition of 28 international and national NGOs wrote in a letter addressed to President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker today (1).
A few observations on the debate sparked by our open letter on the position of Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the European Commission, and on the need for proper scientific advice to EU legislators.
The position of Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission is problematic, concentrating too much influence in one person and undermining other Commission research and assessment processes. We ask Mr Juncker, the new President of the European Commission, to scrap the position.
David Cameron's nomination of a revolving door ex-lobbyist, Jonathan Hopkin Hill, as EU commissioner is bad news for Jean-Claude Juncker's newly-stated commitment to lobby transparency.

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