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EFSA is a European agency funded by the European Union that operates independently of the European legislative and executive institutions (Commission, Council, Parliament) and EU Member States. It was set up in 2002 following a series of food crises in the late 1990s to be a source of scientific advice and communication on risks associated with the food chain. The agency was legally established by the EU under the General Food Law - Regulation 178/2002.
The European Union is a unique economic and political union between 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent. The EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. The first steps were to foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries that trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict. The result was the European Economic Community (EEC), created in 1958, and initially increasing economic cooperation between six countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
We conduct research to provide comprehensive solutions to the grand challenges facing society in the fields of energy and environment, information and brain research. Our aim is to lay the foundation for the key technologies of tomorrow. Key technologies in the areas of energy and environment, information and brain research – this characterizes Forschungszentrum Jülich’s profile. With more than 5,700 employees, Jülich – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of Europe’s large research centres.
Grado Zero Espace performs continuous research activity on the most disparate materials through constant analysis in the laboratory in order to figure out the limits and the peculiarities of them and catalogue experimental materials, not yet available on the market. Grado Zero Espace also conducts continuous research into new technologies, processes and techniques - from biotechnologies to nanotechnologies, on assembling and manufacturing techniques which can be environment friendly, as well as on innovative equipment able to increase the performance of the product.
EFSA receives requests for opinions mainly from the European Commission and occasionally from the European Parliament. Member States can also request opinions. The request outlines what is being asked of EFSA: the issue, the terms of reference, the timeframe etc. Upon receipt of a request EFSA...read more
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was established in 2005. It is an EU agency aimed at strengthening Europe's defences against infectious diseases. It is seated in Stockholm, Sweden. According to the Article 3 of the Founding Regulation, ECDC's mission is to identify, assess and communicate current and emerging threats to human health posed by infectious diseases. In order to achieve this mission, ECDC works in partnership with national health protection bodies across Europe to strengthen and develop continent-wide disease surveillance and early warning systems.
EGI is a federated e-Infrastructure set up to provide advanced computing services for research and innovation. The EGI e-infrastructure is publicly-funded and comprises over 300 data centres and cloud providers spread across Europe and worldwide. Its vision is that researchers from all disciplines have easy, integrated and open access to the advanced scientific computing capabilities, resources and expertise needed to collaborate and to carry out data/compute intensive science and innovation.
Residues of some chemicals are unintentionally present in some foods as a result of food production, e.g. spraying of crops with pesticides, use of veterinary medicines for food-producing animals. EFSA publishes an annual report on pesticide residues in the EU based on monitoring information...read more
EFSA gathers data on food additives through continuous collections and/or calls for particular assessments. Aggregated statistics on data analysed in European countries and transmitted to EFSA through continuous calls for data are available here. Three interactive presentations have been created...read more
EFSA analyses data on zoonotic diseases (infections and diseases that are transmissible between animals and humans), antimicrobial resistance and food-borne outbreaks across the EU. Data are submitted annually by Member States, in compliance with EU regulation. EFSA publishes, in collaboration...read more