GMOs, novel foods, feed safety, animal welfare, transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, food additives, food quality, food labeling, nutrition claims, health claims, food contact materials; European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

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The year 2009 was chosen to be the European Year of Creativity and Innovation. Every year, the European Union selects a theme for a campaign targeted at raising awareness on a particular matter. Creativity and innovation are to be emphasized. Although skeptics will find plenty to demonstrate these two words ought to be taken with a grain of salt, one thing is certain: 2009 is the year of "New". In June 2009, European Union citizens will elect a new European Parliament, and in November 2009, a new European Commission will be appointed. In addition, the application of the Treaty of Lisbon is still uncertain, and in the middle of this heavy procedural and political turmoil, laws must still be negotiated, enacted, implemented, and enforced.