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EFSA adopts strategic plan 2009-2013

The European Food Safety Authority's Management Board adopted EFSA's five-year Strategic Plan, its full budget of €73 million and its Management Plan setting out key priorities for 2009.

In its Strategic Plan, EFSA outlines how it will maximise the benefits of the scientific expertise at its disposal across Europe and strengthen its integrated approach to risk assessment to provide Europe's decision makers with relevant, up-to-the-minute scientific advice.

EFSA's 2009 priorities, set out in the Management Plan, include the renewal of 8 of its 10 Panels and its Scientific Committee.

It also plans to ensure the delivery and strengthen the quality of its scientific advice, boost its strategy on cooperation and networking by increasing the number of bodies that can help the Authority with work such as data collection to 366 organisations through contracts and grants worth €7.5 million.

Strengthening risk management
EFSA will in 2009 also strengthen its capacity to identify emerging risks and develop a strategic approach to international activities while ensuring a stimulating and rewarding environment for its staff.

Executive Director Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle told the Board EFSA had almost doubled its scientific outputs in 2008 compared to last year, while the number of staff had increased by 27%.

EFSA also demonstrated its ability to respond rapidly to urgent events by assembling teams of experts to provide scientific advice and assistance within days on such issues as the contamination of sunflower oil, the discovery of melamine in imported Chinese milk products and of dioxins in Irish pork.

Improving internal quality
Among other achievements, the food safety watchdog began an internal review to assess the quality of its scientific work.

It also established an online database for the declarations of all staff and scientific experts to guarantee maximum transparency. An external review will follow in 2009.

EFSA was helped in its work by its strengthened cooperation with Member States, its ever-widening network of experts, its dialogue with risk managers, its improvements in efficiency and productivity and by the efforts of all of its staff, Geslain-Lanéelle said.

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