Parliament misses an opportunity
The European Parliament’s response to the Court of Auditors findings has been puzzling
Appeared in print on 15.11.2012
The European Court of Auditors recently found significant failings in the management of conflicts of interest of several European regulatory agencies, including the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (“EU agencies criticised over conflicts of interest”, 18-24 October, and “EMA’s cash management under spotlight”, 31 October-7 November). The auditors concluded that, “none of the selected agencies adequately managed the conflict of interest situations” – not a mild critique coming from such a high-level institution.