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Monday, 20 November 2017
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) believes that it fully fulfills its role of providing independent, authoritative advice on issues related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
EFSA is not influenced by commercial or any other interests in this area. EFSA operates precisely in line with the arrangements laid down in its founding Regulation 178/2002* adopted by the Council and the European Parliament. EFSA has also gone further than Regulation 178/2002 in the requirements that it lays down for the declaration of interests of scientific experts, stakeholder consultation and transparency. It follows from this that EFSA does not believe that the report of Friends of the Earth Europe** calls into question the legitimacy of its opinions.
Tuesday, 30 November 2004
The European Commission’s view of the challenges that a European Information Society strategy up to 2010 needs to address are set out in a Commission communication adopted today. This communication highlights the need to step up research and investment in information and communication technologies (ICT), and to promote their take-up throughout the economy. ICT should be more closely tailored to citizens’ needs and expectations, to enable them to participate more readily in socially fulfilling and culturally creative virtual communities. The challenges include social inclusion and citizenship, content and services, public services, skills and work, ICT as a key industry sector, interoperability of ICT networks and applications, trust and dependability and ICT for business processes. This communication is the starting point of a reflection process that will lead to the adoption of a new strategy during 2005.

On 22 November 2004 Peter Mandelson took charge of External Trade Affairs for the new Barroso Commission. Prior to this appointment he has been a Member of Parliament for Hartlepool, UK, since 1992. Former positions include Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, working directly with the Prime Minister Tony Blair in his Cabinet Office, and Campaign Manager for the Labour party in 1997. Mr Mandelson studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.
Sunday, 21 November 2004
A new European Commission (2004-2009) was approved by the European Parliament on 18 November. See the various Commissioners.
Friday, 19 November 2004
The European Union (EU) has launched its € 500 million Water Facility for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries - the single biggest EU allocation ever for water and sanitation projects. The facility was approved by the EU Council in March 2004 and was endorsed by the ACP-EU Council of Ministers at their meeting in Gabarone in May. The facility will drive progress towards achievement of the water and sanitation related Millennium Development Goals as well as the targets set at the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in Johannesburg in 2002.