Vice President of the EP Diana Wallis, JRC Director General Roland Schenkel and EU Research Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn presenting the just published Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region
JRC exhibition at the European Parliament
On 4 – 6 May, the JRC is hosting an exhibition of its activities at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels. The exhibition was opened by Vice President of the EP Diana Wallis and EU Research Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, who presented the just published Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region. During the three days, leading scientists from the JRC Institutes demonstrate their work and discuss with Members of the EP and visitors how the JRC's research supports EU decision makers in the conception, development, implementation and assessment of EU policies.
Following the election of a new Parliament in 2009, the event offers the possibility to the MEPs to gain first-hand knowledge of the JRC's activities, which closely reflect many concerns of the citizen, particularly in such areas as energy, environment, nuclear safety and security, security and crisis management as well as consumer protection and food safety.
Decision makers need scientific and technical support not only in the formulation of new policies, but also on their subsequent implementation and final impact evaluation. The JRC has developed special skills and tools to use science for providing and assessing policy options. Its activities range from development of alternative testing methods to energy, from evaluating products safety standards to early warning of natural disasters and providing assistance to humanitarian crises.
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