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Food and Feed Safety (04-10-2005)

Partial renewal of EFSA management board – call for applications

Applications are invited for the positions of 7 out of 14 members of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The call for expressions of interest, including the application form, is published in the Official Journal of the European Union: OJ n° C 237A of 27.09.2005. The final deadline for submission of applications is 31.10.2005. The Authority is located in Parma (Italy).

According to the Regulation establishing EFSA, the members of the Board are appointed in such a way “as to secure the highest standards of competence, a broad range of relevant expertise and, consistent with these, the broadest possible geographic distribution within the Union”. In addition, four of the members of the Management Board “shall have their background in organizations representing consumers and other interests in the food chain”.

It is estimated that the Management Board will meet four to six times per year. Members of the Board are not remunerated but will be reimbursed for their normal travel and subsistence costs. They will also receive indemnities for each day spent at meetings in accordance with Art. 15 of the Rules of Procedure of the Management Board of the EFSA.

The Management Board is responsible for the general monitoring of the work of the Authority to ensure that it carries out its mission and performs the tasks assigned to it in accordance with its mandate and within a culture of independence and transparency. Its main job is to ensure that EFSA functions effectively and efficiently, and to provide a strategic overview for the growth and development of EFSA. It adopts the work programmes, and the Authority’s internal rules and financial regulations. The Management Board also appoints the Executive Director and members of the Scientific Committee and the eight Scientific Panels.

The call for expression of interests seeks the replacement of the current members of the Management Board whose 4 year mandate ends on 30.06.2006. Once all applications have been submitted, the Commission will draw up a list of candidates to send to the Council, which will then appoint the new members to the Board in consultation with the European Parliament.

For more information on EFSA and the role of the Management Board, see: EFSA website