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People: EFSA exec resigns to take post in French public service

Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) since 2006, has announced 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 “On behalf of the Management Board, I would like to thank Catherine for the enormous contribution she has made to EFSA’s work over the last seven years. During this period EFSA has developed significantly, producing thousands of high quality opinions to help ensure that European consumers have safe food to eat.

Catherine has also been very committed to improving EFSA’s efficiency and enhancing its processes to ensure that it operates openly, transparently and independently. I am therefore very sorry that Catherine will be leaving, but wish her every success in her new post.

Bernhard Url, responsible for EFSA’s Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Directorate, 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.”

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