Together in Science: 50 years after the Treaties of Rome - 11/05/2007
High-level symposium commemorates JRC history
In 1957, two treaties of Rome were signed: one to establish the European Economic Community (EEC) and one to establish the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom).
The Joint Research Centre was originally established under the Euratom treaty. Euratom’s role is to promote nuclear safety and security in Europe and the JRC has been contributing to this aim with its research activities ever since.
The JRC has, however, at the request of its customers, expanded to also embrace other fields important to policy making, such as life sciences, energy, security and consumer protection. It has transformed itself from a purely research-driven organisation focussing on nuclear energy to a customer-driven, research-based policy support organisation. Today, the JRC is deeply embedded in the European Research Area and the EU legislative process.
At a high-level symposium at the JRC's Ispra site on 11 May 2007, scientists, politicians and decision-makers took a look back at 50 years of scientific support to EU policies.