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Visitors at the IE stand learn how hydrogen and fuel cells can offer a clean alternative for future transport

Visitors at the IE stand learn how hydrogen and fuel cells can offer a clean alternative for future transport

The Hague (NL) - 26/05/08

Europe comes to The Hague

 

In glorious sunshine and on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Congress of Europe, the centre of The Hague was transformed into a European 'Social Market' on Saturday the 24th of May, when European Institutions came to the site of the original Congress of 1948 in order to present their work to the Dutch public. EU Member State representatives also presented the attractions of their respective countries with their own market stalls. In the presence of Commission President José Manuel Barroso, several thousand visitors were treated to an informative and entertaining day with interviews, music and dance.

The Joint Research Centre's Institute for Energy (IE) participated in the event alongside colleagues from the Commission and Parliament representations in the Netherlands. IE staff gave demonstrations involving fuel cells, hydrogen tanks and Biofuels in which visitors could actively participate. Energy was a hot topic at the event and visitors young and old proved eager to learn more. Many were pleasantly surprised to hear that European policy is underpinned by the JRC's scientific work.