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Attack on EFSA, the University of Milan signs an Open Letter to the European Parliament06-07-2016

European research organisations call upon the European Parliament to encourage society to respect independent science advice and to condemn physical attacks on scientists. EPSO sent to President, Martin Schulz, an Open Letter, signed by many science organizations and academies.

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. The attack followed a previous incident occurred in 2015 at EFSA, and it also echoes other recent attacks to research institutions all over the world.

A large group of publicly funded researchers reacted strongly to this incident and decided to send an Open Letter to Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. The action has been launched by EPSO (European Plant Science Organisation), an independent academic organization that represents more than 226 research organizations from 30 countries in Europe.

Signed at first by 35 science organizations, societies and academies, the Open Letter has been sent to the President of the European Parliament on Friday 1 July.

The University of Milan is among the science organizations which already announced their support to the action and its signature appears in the updated Open Letter that will be available online on Monday 11 July on the EPSO webpage.

The Open Letter calls upon 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.