She will take up her new post on 1 September 2013.
Bernhard Url, who is responsible for EFSA’s Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Directorate will hold the reins at EFSA until a full time executive director is appointed.
Sue Davies, Chair of EFSA’s Management Board said: “On behalf of the Management Board, I would like to thank Catherine for the enormous contribution she has made to EFSA’s work over the last seven years.
“During this period EFSA has developed significantly, producing thousands of high quality opinions to help ensure that European consumers have safe food to eat.
“Catherine has also been very committed to improving EFSA’s efficiency and enhancing its processes to ensure that it operates openly, transparently and independently. I am therefore very sorry that Catherine will be leaving, but wish her every success in her new post.
“The Management Board’s priority is now to ensure business continuity and to limit any disruption for EFSA’s staff, experts and outputs.
I am pleased that Bernhard Url, who is responsible for EFSA’s Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Directorate and has been designated as deputising, will lead the organisation until the Management Board appoints an ad interim Executive Director at its October meeting.
“In the meantime, the European Commission will initiate the process for recruitment of a new permanent Executive Director.”
Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle said: “I would like to thank EFSA staff and our scientific experts who, through their work, contribute each day to strengthen food safety in Europe.
“I would like to express my thanks to Commissioner Borg for his constant availability and to Mrs Testori-Coggi, Director General of the European Commission Health and Consumers Directorate General (DG SANCO) and to her services for their constant support over these last seven years. I would also like to express my gratitude to the members of the European Parliament, in particular the members of the ENVI Committee.
“With the precious support of the EFSA Management Board, our close co-operation with national food safety agencies and our engagement with stakeholders, we have made important progress in protecting consumers and building confidence in the EU food chain. In leaving EFSA, I am pleased that my new function will allow me to continue to contribute to the European project.”