MINISTERS from the 15 EU member governments have cut back the proposed representation of the European Commission on the management board that will run the new European Food Authority. Instead of four members on the 16-member panel, the Commission is to have only one. Ministers explained that the board "should secure the highest standards of competence and the broadest possible geographic distribution within the European Union."

Clearly disappointed, the Commission said: "Further reflection on this matter should lead to an acceptable ...

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