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EU Highlight Importance of Science and Innovation

28 September 2009

EU - EU Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso last week, proposed the creation of a new role of Chief Scientific Adviser.

The new role will highlight the importance of science and innovation to Europe's global success. The adviser would have the power "to deliver proactive, scientific advice throughout all stages of policy development and delivery," President Barroso explained, reflecting "the central importance" he attaches to research and innovation.

"It is essential that the legislation that emanates from the EU is firmly rooted in scientific evidence and not subject to the vagaries of politics”, said Mr Kendall, President of the National Farmers Union (NFU). “We have seen prime examples of decision-making not being evidence-based in the pesticide authorisations regulation and the approvals process for GMOs."

"The NFU is fully behind this suggestion by President Barroso and his desire, demonstrated by his intention to create this position, to see science embedded in all stages of policy development and delivery."

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