Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), announced on July 24th, that she is resigning to take up a new post as Director General for agricultural, agri-food and territorial policies in the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry on 1 September 2013.
Sue Davies, Chair of EFSA’s Management Board said, that Geslain-Lanéelle had been very committed to improving EFSA’s efficiency and enhancing its processes to ensure that it operated openly, transparently and independently.
The Management Board’s priority is now to ensure business continuity and to limit any disruption for EFSA’s staff, experts and outputs. Bernhard Url, who is responsible for EFSA’s Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Directorate and has been designated as deputising, will lead the organisation until the Management Board appoints an ad interim Executive Director at its October meeting. In the meantime, the European Commission will initiate the process for recruitment of a new permanent Executive Director.