A ‘high-level group’ of seven eminent scientists is being drawn together by the European Commission (EC) to carry out the scientific advisory role previously filled by the Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Anne Glover.
The new setup, announced by EU science commissioner Carlos Moedas, comes a little more than six months after the removal of Prof. Glover was described as “deeply troubling” by NFU President, Meurig Raymond.
According to Commissioner Moedas, the EC’s new scientific solution will be equipped to deliver “high quality, timely and independent scientific advice”.
“The future mechanism will draw on the wide range of scientific expertise in Europe through a close relationship with national academies and other bodies, coordinated by a high-level group of independent scientists,” he said.
“In combination with the forthcoming proposals on better regulation, the new model for independent scientific advice will contribute to the Commission’s continued pursuit of the best possible evidence-based policy. This will be a significant step forward for an effective EC that delivers for citizens, and addresses the major societal challenges which Europe faces.”
Commissioner Moedas has been given the task of implementing the new arrangement over the coming months, involving other Commissioners and making the most of effective cooperation between Commission services.