EFSA Press release, 4 July 2006
Today Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle takes up her post as EFSA's new Executive Director. She will be in charge of steering EFSA through to its next stage of development during her five year term. Her work will be guided in particular by the recommendations recently adopted by EFSA's Management Board.
Following up the external evaluation report on EFSA published in January 2006, the Management Board recommends that EFSA focus its efforts in six priority fields:
Commenting on her new appointment, Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle said: “I am joining EFSA at a very opportune moment. Building on the significant work done so far I am committed to further establishing EFSA as a European reference for risk assessment on food and feed safety both in the EU and internationally. European risk managers need to rely on independent scientific advice to underpin policies and decisions regarding food safety. It will be my job to take us there by working in close collaboration with Member States, key institutional partners and stakeholders”.
Further information on Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, the process that led to her appointment and her biography can be found at: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/about_efsa/structure/who_is_who/1576_en.html
The recommendations of the EFSA Management Board with respect to the external evaluation of EFSA can be found at: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/mboard/catindex_en.html .