MEPs stand firm despite EFSA resignation
The European Parliament has agreed to postpone its “discharge” (approval) of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) 2010 accounts, due to concerns over conflict of interests and high costs. The decision came two days after the chair of the EFSA’s management board, Diána Bánáti, was forced to resign over her links with a group representing major food companies. The parliamentary action had been recommended by its Budgetary Control Committee ( Agrow No 637, p 8). The EFSA has until June 30th to provide MEPs with written reports on measures taken to resolve the concerns. Without a discharge, the EFSA is unable to sign off its accounts. This could eventually disrupt future activities, including the registration of agrochemicals and genetically modified crops.