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Vladimír Šucha (middle) visting the Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA)© EU, 2012

Vladimír Šucha, new Deputy Director-General of the JRC


On Monday 16 July Vladimír Šucha commenced his term as Deputy Director-General of the JRC. Mr Šucha will support Dominique Ristori, the Director-General, in coordinating the JRC’s scientific activities.

He inaugurated his term on the Ispra site, with visits to the European Crisis Management Laboratory, the Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA), the European Reference Laboratory for Air Pollution (ERLAP) and the laboratory of Nanobiotechnologies.

Vladimír Šucha has just finished his post as Director for Culture and Media at the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Between 2000 and 2004 he was a participant of the JRC’s Board of Governors. In 2004, when the Slovak Republic joined the EU he became a member until 2006.

In 2005-2006, he was the Director of the Slovak Research and Development Agency, which is the Slovak national body for funding research, promoting international cooperation and providing scientific advice. He has also worked as the Principal advisor for European Affairs for the Minister of Education of the Slovak Republic (2004-2005) and covered the research, education and culture portfolio for the Slovak Representation to the EU between 2000 and 2004.

In addition to this, Mr Šucha, Doctor of Science, has a long-term academic and research background and a full professorship from the Comenius University in Bratislava. This together with his range of experience makes him an ideal candidate to support the key priorities of the JRC as Deputy Director-General.