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Parliamentary questions
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21 January 2015
Question for written answer E-000775-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Rikke Karlsson (ECR)

 Subject:  Conflict of interest in EFSA
 Answer in writing 

On 10 May 2012 the European Parliament rejected the accounts of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for 2010 on the grounds of serious conflicts of interest.

The chairman of the authority is closely linked to the foodstuffs industry and to an international research company. Its director is involved in the biotechnology industry and in research into genetic modification.

This state of affairs was condemned by the European Ombudsman and the European Parliament.

The Court of Auditors was also very critical in its report of December 2012, particularly as regards the areas of aviation safety, chemical products, food safety and medicines.

Will the Commission please:
1. confirm that this serious situation is continuing to sow doubt about whether EFSA, which is clearly in the pocket of lobbyists, is in a position to carry out its tasks relating to health and food safety in Europe?
2. state what drastic measures are being taken to put a stop to this?
Original language of question: DA 
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