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The European Parliament plenary today strongly criticised the existing independence policy of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and its weak draft for an overhaul of these guidelines. It fails to introduce an effective cooling-off period for experts to avoid conflicts of interest and neglects the key issue of research funding.

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Glyphosate specialists consulted by CEO argue that EFSA’s data disclosure to CEO could in principle allow limited scrutiny on the agency's glyphosate assessment work, and some insights, but in practice the data is very difficult to handle and cannot be used for publication, making it impossible for scientists to use.

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Support Corporate Europe Observatory today and help us share our research and organise events across Europe during our 20th anniversary.

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is holding a public consultation on its draft new independence policy which closes this Friday 12 May. The current draft isn't good enough.

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Today, judges delivered a legal opinion on the evidence and witness statements from the Monsanto Tribunal, an international civil society court set up to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, crimes against humanity and ecocide.

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Alongside 200 allied organisations, CEO has signed on to an open letter to Competition Commissioner Vestager, which raises objections to the planned mergers of six giant agribusiness corporations.

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- 9 September 2010 : EFSA's Management Board's chair (Banati) is found by MEP José Bové to have a conflict of interest with the food industry (ILSI Europe). Ms Banati declares leaving her ILSI position.

- 23 February 2011 : four members of the Management Board (Kovac, Horst, Ruprich, Vanthemsche) are found to have links with industry by CEO.

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What is the role of the European Union and corporate lobbying in the erosion of labour rights in Portugal? A public debate co-organised with Precários Inflexíveis.

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We will be joining activists, organisations and social movements from across Europe for the Attac Summer University in France.

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