Scrapping of EU Chief Scientist is cause for concern: AIC

The Agricultural Industries Confederation has voiced concerns over the decision to axe the post of Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission.

The Confederation, which represents much of the agricultural supply chain within Britain, has lobbied hard for an increase in scientific fact over political opinion in deciding regulations for the use of farm inputs. In support of that it has also been appointed an ‘intervener’ in the European Court cases brought by Bayer and Syngenta over the moratorium on certain neonicotinoid seed treatments.

“We have consistently argued that policies and regulations, should be based on hard evidence capable of scientific scrutiny,” said David Caffall, Chief Executive of AIC. “Two years ago we were delighted to see Professor Anne Glover appointed as the Commission’s Chief Scientific Officer as part of the previous President of the Commission, Manuel Barroso’s commitment to put science-based decision-making at the heart of Europe’s drive for innovation and economic growth

“We now await to see what the new Commission President Jean Claude Juncker proposes in place of scrapping this valuable position. Scientific advance and technical revolution have so much to offer in meeting the challenges of feeding a growing world as well as benefits to many other industries which is why we will continue to call for scientific input at the heart of Europe’s decision making.”

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