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Is the EU interested in evidence-based policy?

Seldom does scientific policy making get dealt a blow as large as it was today: the role of Chief Scientific Adviser to the EU has been scrapped. This is not just a great loss, but a worrying statement about how much the EU values scientific evidence in policy making. As Imran Khan, chief executive of the British Science Association, said: “Everyone—Europeans and the rest of the world alike—will rightly see this decision as the European Commission downgrading both the practical and the symbolic value of science in Europe.” Continue reading