Heads of state to discuss new Food Authority

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Germany and France are keen to establish the proposed European Food
Authority (EFA) as quickly as possible. The speedy creation of the
Authority, adopted...

Germany and France are keen to establish the proposed European Food Authority (EFA) as quickly as possible. The speedy creation of the Authority, adopted by the European Commission on the 8 November this year, will be on the agenda at the next European summit to take place in Nice, France on the 7 and 8 December, 2000. With the aim of increasing consumer food safety in Europe French President Jacques Chirac and Prime minister Lionel Jospin together with the German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder want to harmonise the proposed food legislation between the 15 member States quickly. Under the recent proposal, within three years the new EFA will have 250 staff and a budget of 40million Euros. The headquarters of the Authority is still to be decided. The cities of Barcelona in Spain, Lille in France, Helsinki in Finland and Parma in Italy have shown an interest in fulfilling the role.

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