Commenting on the decision by the newly-elected president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Junker, to scrap the role of chief scientific adviser to the Commission, Greenpeace UK chief scientist Dr Doug Parr said:
"Scientific advice is the cornerstone of sound policy making. We think it's crucial and we want more of it. The question is how to ensure that the best representation of wide-ranging and transparent scientific advice is available. In its current form, the role of chief scientific advisor to the Commission ended up hindering this process instead of helping it.
"Now that the role has been scrapped, the Commission has a chance to put science advice on a solid foundation grounded on principles of openness, independence of advice, transparency and clarity of roles.
"This is not about being for or against issues like GM food, contentious chemicals, nanotechnology or climate change. It is about the integrity of all scientific processes within the Commission, and respect for evidence. Basing EU policy on sound scientific advice is in the interest of all European citizens."