The European Food Safety Authority’s Management Board has appointed Bernhard Url as EFSA’s next Executive Director. The Board made the appointment after the European Parliament sent a letter to EFSA Management Board chair Sue Davies, and to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, recommending he be appointed to the position.
Dr Url, a qualified veterinarian by training, has been EFSA’s acting Executive Director following the departure in September 2013 of Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle. He was one of the candidates shortlisted by the European Commission after an open competition and who were interviewed by EFSA’s Management Board for the post in March.
Dr Url was then nominated by the Board and appeared before members of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee in April where he made a statement and answered questions from MEPs.
Dr Url will officially take up his post from 1st June 2014