The nomination of Url, who has been acting in the position since the sudden departure of seven-year tenant Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle in September 2013, will be assessed by the European Parliament (EP) before it is confirmed.
Dr Url will make a presentation to the EP’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) committee on 14 April, 2014, where he will field questions the parliamentarians may have.
The ENVI committee will then submit an opinion on the appointment to Tony Borg, the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, along with EFSA’s management board chair, Sue Davies.
That will be considered in EFSA’s management board's final decision.
“I am very pleased to inform you that the board voted to nominate Bernhard Url as the executive director,” said Davies in a statement.
”I would like to congratulate Bernhard on behalf of the management board.”
Dr Url, a veterinarian, joined EFSA in 2012 after resigning as managing director of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), which also represents Austria on EFSA’s Advisory Forum.