In DepthEUROPE

Decision looms on future of E.U. science advice

Science  01 Aug 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6196, pp. 500
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6196.500

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A row has erupted over the job of chief science adviser to the European Commission, a post created in 2012. Jean-Claude Juncker, the new commission's president-elect, must decide whether to keep the post; nine nongovernmental organizations have called on him to scrap it because they are angered by the support of the current science adviser, Anne Glover, for genetically modified organisms. Many scientific organizations want to keep the position. But even Glover's supporters admit that her position has problems—including a tiny budget and an ill-defined mandate—that the new commission, set to take office in November, needs to fix.