MEPs recommend clearance of EFSA accounts
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been successful in demonstrating to members of the European Parliament that it is independent from industry and cost-efficient. The Parliament’s budgetary control committee voted by a large majority in September to approve the Authority’s 2010 accounts. Earlier this year, the Parliament had postponed its “discharge” of the accounts due to concerns over conflict of interests and high costs of board meetings ( Agrow No 640, p 8). The EFSA was required to submit reports on how it is implementing its new policy on independence and scientific decision-making, and on measures to reduce costs. This additional information has addressed the concerns, the committee notes. Its recommendation goes forward for a full parliamentary vote.