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What you should know about EFSA - in 3 minutes

CEO publishes a new educational tool explaining some of the major problems at EFSA, the agency responsible for scientific advice on food safety to the EU institutions.

A 3 minutes animation allows you to find out more how EFSA operates and to what extent this benefits the big food, biotech and pesticides corporations such as Monsanto, Syngenta, Unilever, Nestlé... Are EFSA's experts and management independent from industry? What role does industry play in EFSA food safety tests? Doesn't EFSA look at other, independent research on these products?

Available in English, in French and with Spanish subtitles. Please pass it on and use this widely in your networks!

EFSA animation (eng) from Corporate Europe on Vimeo.

EFSA animation (fr) from Corporate Europe on Vimeo.

EFSA animation (subtitles in Spanish) from Corporate Europe on YouTube.

For more information on conflicts of interest in EFSA and the use of independent science, see:
Exposed: Conflicts of interest among EFSA's experts on food additives

Ce que vous devez savoir sur l'EFSA - en 3 minutes.

CEO publie un nouvel outil de vulgarisation expliquant quelques-uns des principaux problèmes de l'EFSA, l'agence chargée de délivrer des recommandations scientifiques en matière de sécurité alimentaire aux autorités européennes.

Ce film d'animation de trois minutes vous permet d'en apprendre davantage sur le fonctionnement de l'EFSA et dans quelle mesure celui-ci bénéficie à l'industrie agro-alimentaire et à des multinationales des pesticides et des biotech telles que Monsanto, Syngenta, Unilever, Nestlé...

Les experts et les responsables de l'EFSA sont-ils indépendants de l'industrie? Quel rôle l'industrie joue-t-elle dans les tests sanitaires effectués par l'EFSA? L'EFSA n'utilise-t-elle pas d'autres recherches indépendantes sur ces produits?

Le film est publié en anglais et en français. N'hésitez pas à le faire circuler et à l'utiliser dans vos réseaux!

 

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Corporate Europe Observatory is looking for an experienced campaigner to join our team and strengthen our work on exposing and challenging corporate lobbying capture of EU decision-making. Please respond before Wednesday May 18th 2016. The position is based in Brussels, in our office in the Mundo-B building in Brussels. Starting date July 1st 2016 (a later start date can be discussed).

You would be part of the 'lobbyocracy' team within CEO, covering issues including the corporate capture of advisory groups, lobbying secrecy, etc.

Splits occur within European Commission, as European Parliament, Ombudsman and NGOs increase the pressure for implementing UN rules for contacts with tobacco industry lobbyists.

The European Commission has shelved a legal opinion confirming that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) produced through gene-editing and other new techniques fall under EU GMO law, following pressure from the US government. A series of internal Commission documents obtained under freedom of information rules reveal intense lobbying by US representatives for the EU to disregard its GMO rules, which require safety testing and labelling.

It's make or break for the European Commission's advisory groups, known formally as Expert Groups. First Vice President Frans Timmermans, the man in charge of transparency, plans to bring out new horizontal rules to make the groups more balanced and more accountable in a matter of weeks, but will he listen to the concerns of the public?

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