ITALY, Parma. Cooperation is a key value of EFSA’s work. The annual report reflects how scientific cooperation efforts in 2015 have strengthened collaboration with EFSA’s partners and improved the timely sharing of information, expertise and knowledge with the ultimate goal of protecting the health of European consumers.
Last year saw significant progress in increasing the effectiveness of collaboration among EU Member States. EFSA’s Advisory Forum took a central role in shaping this cooperation, reviewing its operations with a view to boosting scientific risk assessment in Europe.
As part of its efforts towards setting up an EU Risk Assessment Agenda, the Authority commissioned a Delphi study to identify the key priorities of Member States in the area of food safety in the coming years. Member States increasingly play a leading role in steering activities and identifying topics of interest for joint scientific projects among themselves and with EFSA.
The work of the Focal Points in support of their Advisory Forum members was critical to cooperation activities, supporting the implementation of many projects at Member State level. The launch of thematic grants, promoted by Focal Points, is an example of EFSA’s efforts to facilitate scientific cooperation in the EU through innovative networking projects.
The report is availiable on EFSA’s homepage