The Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service appointed as a member of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority

The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament, acting on a proposal from the European Commission, have approved the nomination of Mantas Staškevičius, Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), to the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Deividas Kliučinskas, Deputy Director of SFVS, has been appointed as the alternate representative of Lithuania.

“Representing Lithuania in such a format is not only an honour, but also a great responsibility. I have no doubt that this will be an interesting and extraordinary experience, as I will have the opportunity to make decisions and contribute to the planning and sustainable use of the EFSA’s, a European institution’s, budget in addition to planning a long-term strategy and risk communication. I will also be responsible for the transparency of EFSA’s procedures and its decision-making,” said Mantas Staškevičius, Director of SFVS.

According to the Head of SFVS, the new role will also allow to engage in interactive discussions through a wide network of partners, to develop a dialogue with the scientific community, experts from other EU countries, representatives of business and civil society to foster new initiatives, projects and partnerships, which is expected from these new activities.

The Transparency Regulation EU 2019/1381, which entered into force in the European Union on 27 March 2021, laid down general objectives and principles for transparent and sustainable risk assessment in the food chain in the European Union.

In order to achieve these objectives, candidates for the EFSA Management Board were required to meet the highest standards of competence and have extensive experience in the field of food chain. Candidates were required to have experience and expertise not only in the fields of food chain law and policy, including risk assessment, but also in management, administrative, financial and legal matters. A separate selection criterion is the highest standards of transparency, i.e., acting independently in the public interest.

The new EFSA Management Board will be composed of representatives of all Member States, members of the European Parliament and of the Commission, as well as representatives of civil society and industry organisations, which have been selected and approved by the EU institutions.

The EFSA Management Board will meet 3 times a year, the first meeting being scheduled for 5-6 October this year.

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