Brussels guessing game over science adviser

EU“One of the first major appointments by the newly re-appointed President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, will be that of a chief scientific adviser – a post that has not existed before. The adviser and his or her office will form part of a major review of the way scientific advice is developed and communicated to the Commission, but it is not yet clear what authority the new post will carry or who candidates for the job might be. Barroso announced he would make the appointment during last month’s hearings at the European Parliament, into his bid for a second five-year term as president. Although the Commission is increasingly active in the scientific research field, it lacks a single authority able to deliver proactive expert advice throughout the EU decision-taking process …” (more)

[Alan Osborn, University World News, 4 October]

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