On 7th June, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma received a package containing explosive material addressed to a scientist providing independent scientific advice to EFSA.
A large group of publicly funded research organisations, led by EPSO (European Plant Science Organisation) reacted strongly to this incident and decided to send the Open Letter to the President of the European Parliament. The letter invites the European Parliament “to encourage society to respect independent science advice and to unanimously and unconditionally condemn the recent attacks on EFSA, reiterating its support for independent scientific research and investigation, and to propose measures to prevent attacks targeting scientists and/or research facilities”. This and other recent attacks are considered “not only attacks on individual scientists performing their duties for an agency of the European Union, and thereby serving the citizens of the EU; but also attacks on an open and transparent society and on the scientific and intellectual process”.