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Brussels, 14 September 2000

New Members of Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) appointed

The European Commission today took a first step in the renewal of the mandate of the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) by announcing the names of the eight independent scientists selected by open competition for membership of the new Committee. Chosen from 51 candidates by a selection process chaired by Nobel laureate Prof. de Duve, David Byrne, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, said he was satisfied that "world class expertise " would again be available to the SSC which plays a key role in delivering scientific advice on complex issues such as BSE.

The other 8 members of the SSC will be the chairs of the 8 sectoral scientific committees whose mandates are also in the process of being renewed through open competition. The first meeting of the renewed SSC will take place in December 2000; meanwhile, the members of the existing SSC will continue to carry out their mandate.

APPOINTED MEMBERS OF THE SCIENTIFIC STEERING COMMITTEE

Keith H. Jones

Director and Chief Executive of the UK Medicines Control Agency, London (United Kingdom)

Werner Klein

Professor, Frauenhofer-Institut für Umweltchemie und Ökotoxikologie, Schmallenberg (Deutschland)

Ib Knudsen

Executive director, Danish Institute of Food Safety and Toxicology, Ministeriet for Foedevarer, Landbrug og Fiskeri, Foedevaredirektoratet, Soborg (Danmark)

Albert Osterhaus

Professor, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Faculteit der geneeskunde en gezondheitswetenschappen, Instituut voor Virologie, Rotterdam (Nederland)

Gérard Pascal

Directeur scientifique, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, direction scientifique Nutrition Humaine et Sécurité Alimentaire, Paris (France)

Pere Puigdomènech

Professor de Investigacion del CSIC, Director del Instituto de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona, Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo, CSIC, Departamento de Genetica Molecular, Barcelona (España)

Vittorio Silano

Director General for International Relations and Community Policies, Ministry of Health, Roma (Italia)

Staffan Skerfving

Head of Dept. of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University, Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Lund (Sverige)

Released on 15/09/2000

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