Opening of the European Food Safety Summit, by Jaime Silva, Portuguese Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, and Markos Kyprianou
End production: 22/11/2007 First transmission: 22/11/2007
The European Food Safety Summit gathered together high level decision makers from Member States and EU Institutions to consider jointly the future of food and feed risk assessment in Europe. Since the foundation of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2002, much has changed regarding food and feed safety. The EU needs to be prepared to meet new challenges and this summit was the occasion for decision makers to reflect on the lessons learned over the past 5 years of EFSA's existence and, on the basis of their discussions, consider key recommendations for the next 5 years. Markos Kyprianou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, was there to underline that the EU has the highest standards of food safety in the world, but remembered that risk "zero" doesn't exist. So, EFSA has to continue working on a scientific basis to give all the guarantees to European citizens.
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||Exterior view of the Charlemagne European Commission building
||General atmosphere in the conference room: speakers and people attending the conference (3 shots)
||Jaime Silva, Portuguese Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, (in PORTUGUESE) saying that after five years (of EFSA) we can say that we live without any doubt in one of the societies with the higher levels of food safety of the world
||Markos Kyprianou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU has and claims it has the safest food in the world; it is true that risk zero doesn't exist; they always say that consumers have to use their common sense; but at the same time the EU does have the highest standards of the world and the most effective controls
||Markos Kyprianou (in ENGLISH) saying that this is a constant effort; everytime there is a decision, someone will be against it or someone will challenge it; therefore there must be a constant effort to maintain this visibility, transparency but also to prove independence from all the interests involved, proving that these are truly scientific decisions
||Markos Kyprianou (in ENGLISH) saying that this is a big challenge, the public view, the public perception is one of the biggest challenges because at the end they are all there for the benefit of the European citizens and to protect them; they have this common task; it is important that their common view is such because this will facilitate all the steps they have to take to tackle the difficulties and challenges of the future
||Cutaway: people attending the conference (3 shots)