Europe Must Keep Science at the Heart of Policy Making

December 1, 2014 2:17 PM

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Much has been said in the media and in the scientific community about the incoming European Commission President's decision not to renew the role of Chief Scientific Advisor. Taken at face value, that would certainly be a backward step. For the Commission to ignore science in its policymaking would be nothing short of catastrophic, as many have said. However, at this stage, I would like to remain cautiously optimistic.

Not renewing the role of Chief Scientific Advisor is part of a larger reorganization of the way in which the Commission seeks to ensure that it has impartial advice on issues influencing policy. What Mr Juncker has done does not - yet - equate to removing science from the policy agenda. He has chose...

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