Agencies’ 2010 discharge
Haug tells EFSA, EMA and EEA directors to snub EP enquiries
By Gaspard Sebag | Wednesday 27 June 2012
German MEP Jutta Haug (S&D) told the directors of the three agencies for which the European Parliament decided to postpone the grant of 2010 discharge – the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – to “not respond” to enquiries that go above and beyond the content of the reports voted in plenary. Implicitly targeted, the rapporteur on the agencies’ discharge for 2010, Monica Macovei (EPP, Romania), believes Haug might have a personal interest.
“It shows a personal interest very strongly expressed through this letter […] to protect or cover someone in the agencies because I can’t explain why she’s not with me in the attempt to change for the better the work of the agencies and to eliminate conflicts of interest,” Macovei told
On 10 May, a slim majority in plenary followed the lead of Macovei, who recommended, on grounds of alleged conflicts of interest, to postpone clearing the accounts for 2010 of the three agencies until autumn in order to “clarify” matters. The S&D group – with Haug in the forefront – disagreed with the rapporteur, arguing that postponing discharge is a “disproportionate political reaction” as Macovei allegedly did not take the agencies’ reactions into account.
In her letter, Haug states that the EP’s internal rules (Annex VI) prohibit the rapporteur from requesting any additional information from the three agencies. Macovei disagrees and wants to continue the process of exchange of information with the three directors. “Conflict of interest is one of the key issues which is affecting the management of agencies, the distribution of the resources and the human resources and through all this the safety of the products, medicines, food or beverage,” she said.