The Food and Veterinary Office of the European Commission will officially inaugurate its new premises in Grange, Conty Meath (close to Dublin, Ireland) on Friday, 19 July. The Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection David Byrne will attend the opening ceremony. The FVO carries out evaluations and on-the-spot checks of food safety controls in the Member States and in countries exporting to the EU and reports its findings and recommendations to the relevant national and EU authorities and to the public. The FVO also has responsibility for monitoring control activities on animal health, animal welfare and plant health.