At this lunch briefing, Ladislav Miko, Deputy Director-General for Food Safety at DG SANTE, will discuss the current policy and future challenges of food safety in Europe.
Mr Miko will focus on the goals DG SANTE intends to pursue on food safety in order to make sure EU citizens continue to benefit from high standards of affordable food as well as ensuring that Europe's food is safe.
Deputy-Director General for Food Safety, DG SANTE | European Commission
Ladislav Miko is Deputy Director-General for Food Safety at DG SANTE since January 2011. His portfolio covers issues of food safety throughout the whole food chain, including plant and animal health, pesticides, biotechnology, food hygiene, nutrition, or food sustainability. He was also Acting Director-General from November 2014 to August 2015. Previously, he was Director for Nature, in the Directorate-General for Environment from 2005 to 2010. In this position, Dr Miko held responsibility for the Directorate-General's work on nature and biodiversity, agriculture, soils and forests. He was initiating, among others, the policies related to economical valuation of ecosystem assets (TEEB), green infrastructure, invasive alien species, wilderness protection (chair of Wild Europe initiative), and special program to support biodiversity conservation and solve climate change impacts (BEST) in European Overseas Territories. During the Czech Presidency to EU Council in 2009 he was appointed as Minister of Environment of the Czech interim government. Before he started his career in the European Commission, Dr Miko was Deputy Minister in the Czech Ministry for Environment and prior to this, he worked for 9 years as a professional soil biologist in Slovak Academy of Sciences, specialised in soil zoology and ecology. He published over 50 scientific papers, and his scientific work is on-going. He also works for popularisation of ecology and soil biology and published broadly in popular press. Dr Miko holds a doctorate in zoology and ecology and he is Associate Professor of Prague University of Life Sciences and Guest Professor at University of Antwerp, teaching environment and society relations and ecological restoration courses. He was member of Board of Charles University in Prague.