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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the keystone of European Union (EU) risk assessment regarding food and feed safety. In close collaboration with national authorities and in open consultation with its stakeholders, EFSA provides independent scientific advice and clear communication on existing and emerging risks. 

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was set up in January 2002, following a series of food crises in the late 1990s, as an independent source of scientific advice and communication on risks associated with the food chain. EFSA was created as part of a comprehensive programme to improve EU food safety, ensure a high level of consumer protection and restore and maintain confidence in the EU food supply.

In the European food safety system, risk assessment is done independently from risk management. As the risk assessor, EFSA produces scientific opinions and advice to provide a sound foundation for European policies and legislation and to support the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States in taking effective and timely risk management decisions.

EFSA’s remit covers food and feed safety, nutrition, animal health and welfare, plant protection and plant health. In all these fields, EFSA’s most critical commitment is to provide objective and independent science-based advice and clear communication grounded in the most up-to-date scientific information and knowledge.

EFSA’s goal is to become globally recognized as the European reference body for risk assessment on food and feed safety, animal health and welfare, nutrition, plant protection and plant health.
EFSA’s independent scientific advice underpins the European food safety system. Thanks to this system, European consumers are among the best protected and best informed in the world as regards risks in the food chain.
Food is essential to life. We are committed to ensuring food safety in Europe.

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Visit of the EFSA Executive Director to the Czech Republic

Visit of the EFSA ED to the Czech Republic

Date: 12. 9. 2017 


Meeting venue: Building of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic,
Tesnov 65/17, Prague 1

Session 1: Participation in the Food Safety Coordination Unit meeting
10:00 – 12:00 Meeting room: 101 (simultaneous interpretation)

Opening of the meeting
Ms. Viera Sediva, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Chairwoman of FSCU
Working together to ensure food safety Mr. Bernhard Url, Executive Director, EFSA  
Food Safety System in the Czech Republic Ms. Jitka Gotzova, Director of the Food Safety Dept., Ministry of Agriculture 
View to food safety by Ministry of Health Ms. Eva Gottvaldova, Deputy Minister of Health, Chief Sanitary Officer  
Communication and cooperation go hand-in-hand Ms. Barbara Gallani, Head of Communications and Scientific Cooperation Department, EFSA  
Stakeholder´s view Mr. Miroslav Koberna, Director for Programming and Strategy, Federation of Food and Drink Industries of the Czech Republic 

Discussion (all)
Closing of the meeting
Ms. Viera Sediva, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Chairwoman of FSCU    

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break

Session 2: Meeting with the Minister of Agriculture  
13:00 – 14:35 Meeting room: Mr. Minister´s meeting room

13:00 – 14:00 Open discussion with interpretation (consecutive)
Indicative food safety topics for discussion and cooperation: African Swine Fever, opium alkaloids in poppy seeds, AMR etc. 

14:05 – 14:35  Press conference
(Mr. Minister´s meeting room)

 14:35 – 15:00  Coffee break 

Session 3: Meeting with CZ Art. 36 and Scientific networks representatives
15:00 – 17:15 Meeting room: 101 (simultaneous interpretation)

Opening of the meeting
Ms. Jitka Gotzova, AF member
Europe is what we make of it: Working together to ensure Food Safety (EFSA) Bernhard Url, Executive Director, EFSA
Overview of CZ Cooperation with EFSA Mr. Petr Benes, EFSA Focal Point of the Czech Republic 
Scientific Cooperation: sharing expertise and funding opportunities Sérgio Potier Rodeia, AFSCO Unit, EFSA
Cooperation with EFSA – lessons learned Mr. Jiri Ruprich, National Institute of Public Health (former EFSA MB member, CONTAM Panel member) 
EFSA´s activities on animal and plant health Ms. Svetla Kozelska, ALPHA Unit, EFSA 
Presentation of Project proposal for joint project Ms. Jitka Gotzova, AF member

Discussion (all) 
Closing of the meeting
Ms. Jitka Gotzova, AF member

18:30 – 20:00 Dinner hosted by Mr. Minister
Venue: French Restaurant, Municipal House 




Visit of the EFSA ED to the Czech Republic


Visit of the EFSA ED to the Czech Republic  

EFSA’s Executive Director, Dr.Bernhard Url, visited the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic from 12 to 13 September 2017. Mr Bernhard Url  introduced both  various forms of cooperation and the  importance of cooperation to ensure food security in the EU. Goals of EFSA  is to protect consumers by providing  independent scientific advice. He added that EFSA’s work falls into the areas: advice, communication, collaboration, and risk.  

EFSA Communications and External Relations Director Barbara Gallani described the importance of communication and cooperation and the necessity of their interdependence. She presented various social media by which EFSA communicates with both experts and the general public. 

Delegation from the European Food Safety Authority participated in the bilateral meeting with the Minister of Agriculture Mr. Marian Jurečka. There were discussions on the possibilities of cooperation between EFSA and the Czech Republic and food safety topics (eg. african swine fever, fipronil in eggs, antimicrobial resistance and efforts to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock, the presence of opium alkaloids in poppy seeds, how to improve RASFF, which serves precisely to report defective food on the European market). 

The EFSA Executive Directors visit took place in a very friendly spirit and brought many new impetus to improve food safety.