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Public Affairs 08-02-2017

‘Don’t be afraid of science’ EU’s Moedas tells Commission

Carlos Moedas, the EU’s research and innovation chief, called on his colleagues in the European Commission to embrace science-based policymaking, telling politicians they will always retain the last word over scientists and shouldn’t be afraid of losing control.

UK scientists announce ‘stay in EU’ campaign

A campaign backed by more than 6,000 British scientists to stay in the European Union was launched on Friday (9 October), ahead of a British referendum due on the issue by 2017.

Anne Glover's EU Commission page

EU chief scientist post still vacant, could be scrapped

The position of Chief Scientific Advisor could be dropped under Jean-Claude Juncker's European Commission, although the EU executive made a U-turn in January and reinstated the role following pressure from Parliament.

Hans-Olaf Henkel from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party

SOS for science-based EU policy-making

The past few months have not been a triumph for science-based policy making in the EU, writes Hans-Olaf Henkel.

Juncker ignored chief scientific advisor’s meeting requests

The incoming Juncker Commission snubbed Anne Glover’s requests to meet and discuss her role as chief scientific advisor to the executive, she revealed in an interview aired yesterday (2 February).

Anne Glover’s EU advisor role reinstated, MEP says

The European Commission has agreed to retain the role of EU Chief Scientific Adviser, despite the departure of Anne Glover, an MEP claimed today (14 January).

Juncker still mulling scientific advice role after Glover’s position axed

The function of Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission "has ceased to exist", Anne Glover confirmed yesterday (13 November) but that does not mean the position will not be re-established by the new Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EURACTIV understands.

The EU needs more anticipatory funding of health and environmental research

In recent months, there have been several attacks on the Precautionary Principle and how the principle has been used in the EU. For example, the scientific advisor to the President of the European Commission, Ann Glover, has accused Commissioners of having “crazy ideas” about the safety of nanotechnologies, genetically modified organisms, shale gas, endocrine disrupters, etc. (See EU twisting facts to fit political agenda, chief scientist says and EU science advisor: 'Lots of policies are not based on evidence'.) Similarly, it has been argued that policymakers often misuse the precautionary principle.

NGO backlash to Chief Scientific Advisor position grows

EXCLUSIVE / More European non-profit groups have thrown their weight behind a call by Greenpeace and HEAL for the European Commission to scrap the position of its Science Tsar, Anne Glover, in a letter sent to the incoming EU president, Jean-Claude Juncker, which EURACTIV has seen.

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When science meets politics: the EU’s impact assessment review

The European Commission is reviewing its impact assessment guidelines amid accusations that science is becoming increasingly politicised and scientists manipulated by policymakers and powerful interest groups.

Anne Glover at the 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 18-22 June 2012 [Photo: European Biomass Conference and Exhibition / Flickr]

Glover: EU chief scientist should stay in the shadows

Anne Glover, the EU’s Chief Scientific Advisor, has said that her opinions to the European Commission should remain independent from politics and therefore “not transparent” and immune from public scrutiny. The incoming Commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, is considering to maintain her position after Barroso leaves, EURACTIV understands.

Anne Glover speaking at the Friends of Europe - EU 2050: Europe's Tech Revolution (Photo: Flickr: OB-Pic 043)

EU twisting facts to fit political agenda, chief scientist says

A big challenge for the next European Commission will be to disconnect its evidence gathering processes from the “political imperative” that’s driving policy proposals, according to Anne Glover, the EU’s chief scientific advisor.

EU chief scientist: ‘It is unethical not to use GM technology’

Genetically modified crops can provide solutions to famine and malnutrition in developing countries and it would be "unethical not to use the technology when other approaches have failed," says Anne Glover.

Chief EU scientist backs damning report urging GMO ‘rethink’

Studies linking genetically modified crops with adverse effects on the environment or animal health are based on “contested science”, according to a recent report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), which received backing from Anne Glover, the EU’s chief scientific advisor.

EU’s chief science advisor gives shale gas go-ahead

The EU’s chief scientific advisor has said that evidence allows the go-ahead for extracting shale gas, the energy source at the centre of a European policy tug-of-war.

New group to advise Barroso on science, technology

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced on Wednesday (27 February) the creation of an advisory group on science and technology, 13 months after the appointment of the Commission’s first scientific advisor.

Agrifood 24-07-2012

EU science advisor: ‘Lots of policies are not based on evidence’

Politicians sometimes shy away from science, but they should be clear about why they reject scientific evidence in future, the European Commission’s first chief scientific advisor told EURACTIV. In an interview, she says GMOs are a good example of where policy has trumped science.