Speech at the exhibition of the Joint Research Centre, at the European Parliament, Brussels
"Scientists from the Joint Research Centre are playing a key role in
bringing forward new scientific initiatives, which fundamentally help to build
a better European society for us all and for future generations."
European Parliament, Brussels, 4 May 2010
"Vice President of the European Parliament Diana Wallis MEP, Members of the European Parliament, Parliamentary Assistants, Parliamentary Staff, Joint Research Centre Colleagues, Members of the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am delighted to welcome you here this evening together with the Director General of the Joint Research Centre Roland Schenkel to the opening of this Joint Research Centre Exhibition.
The context behind this exhibition is that every five years when a new European Parliament is elected, the JRC organises an exhibition demonstrating the scientific work that is being carried out at present by the seven JRC institutes. These seven research centres are located in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and in Spain. I know that JRC scientific research is of serious interest to members of the European Parliament and to our assembled audience here this evening.
The need to create the Joint Research Centre was enshrined within the provisions of the Treaty of Rome. This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Institute for Reference Materials & Measurements located in Geel in Belgium.