The latest edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here. An editorial by Vladimir Šucha, Director General of the JRC since the 1st January 2014, focuses on the JRC's role in the EU's policy making process. While discussing the importance of science-based advice in support of the EU Institutions and Member States throughout the policy cycle, Mr Šucha emphasises the need for scientific excellence and collaboration with the wider research community.
The 'EU Aid Explorer' is a one-stop-shop for aid information. This web tool has been developed by the JRC in close collaboration with Directorates General Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid and Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection ECHO. It provides easy access to clear and comprehensive data on development and humanitarian aid around the world.
ICT excellence is highly concentrated in a few areas in Europe which are closely clustered among themselves. These are the main conclusions of a JRC-led study which maps ICT activity and ranks European regions based on their performance. Results show that most ICT activity takes place in 34 EU regions (out the 1303 analysed) located in 12 countries, which represent a large share of the total EU ICT activity.
The Annual Report provides an overview of the JRC's main activities, accomplishments and resources in 2013, highlighting its scientific and technical support to several EU key priorities: the economic and monetary union; the single market, growth, jobs and innovation; a low-carbon economy and resource efficiency; agriculture and global food security; public health and (nuclear) safety and security. A special chapter is also dedicated to the JRC's work in the field of standardisation, including the most significant examples.
The second Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Stakeholder Forum was held on 7 and 8 April at the Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. The event was organised by the JRC and the Commission's Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV), both responsible for the set-up of the Environmental Technology Verification pilot programme.
The JRC supported the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to develop the Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT), launched today at the UN IFAD premises in Rome. MPAT is an innovative tool for assessing, understanding and addressing rural poverty.