JRC News

  1. 14 Jun 2007

    The consultation period on last year's Maritime Policy Green Paper comes to an end on 30th June. Marine and maritime science is contributing in many ways to maritime policy. The JRC's activities in this field include the development of systems for tracking vessels and monitoring fishing, including the use of space technology, and research on the quality of coastal and sea waters as well as the effects of climate change on marine habitats.

  2. 10 Oct 2007

    The aim of the new package is to develop a joined-up, cross-sectoral and coherent approach to maritime activities. Such an approach will allow the Union to benefit from the full potential of our seas and oceans, while ensuring their sustainable use. Enhanced coordination between sectors can prevent inter-user conflicts, minimise inconsistencies, avoid duplication and ensure maximum contribution from individual policies to the overall EU goals of sustainable growth, jobs, competitiveness and prosperity.

  3. 26 Feb 2008

    The European Commission has welcomed the adoption by Council of its proposal for a regulation establishing an EU framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and support for scientific advice regarding the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The new framework retains and builds on the proven features of the existing data collection system. It also introduces provisions to meet the new developments following the 2002 Reform of the CFP, in particular the move towards fisheries- or fleet-based management as opposed to managing individual stocks, the integration of environmental data, and the shift towards an ecosystem-based approach. The Commission will shortly introduce a proposal for detailed implementing rules.

  4. 11 Mar 2008

    The European Commission has published three working documents describing the current state in the offshore government activities in the coastal EU Member States and maritime surveillance at EU level. These documents are seen as an initial response to the aim of the integrated EU Integrated Maritime Policy to provide tools for joined-up policy-making in the EU.

  5. 26 Aug 2008

    Three JRC scientists from its Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) have returned safely to dry land following their participation in the August 2008 oceanographic research campaign in the Baltic Sea aboard the Finnish research vessel ARANDA.

  6. 24 Sep 2010

    Making access to marine data easier and more economic is one of the three objectives of the Marine Knowledge 2020 initiative, proposed by the Commission on 13 September. The initiative acknowledges the role of the JRC as a thematic assembly centre for fisheries data. Scientists at the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) collect and maintain fisheries management data transmitted by EU Member States. These data sets are then used by experts of the Scientific and Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) to provide scientific advice to EU policy makers, for example to decide on fishing effort reductions or management measures.

  7. 22 Oct 2010

    The European Commission has set out concrete steps to enhance the effectiveness and cost efficiency of surveilling European Seas. The JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) will be deeply involved in the implementation of the 'Roadmap towards establishing the Common Information Sharing Environment ('CISE') for the surveillance of the EU maritime domain'.

  8. 10 Dec 2010

    The FishPopTrace European research project, of which the JRC is a member, is exploring a range of techniques to develop reliable tests to understand where local population marine fish come from. In today’s issue of Science (10 December 2010; Vol. 330) the latest results are discussed.

  9. 20 Dec 2010

    A new JRC reference report provides the first comprehensive overview of methodologies for estimating air emissions from shipping, describes technological solutions and proposes policy options for reducing carbon emissions and air pollution in this sector. Maritime transport causes about 4% of global man-made CO2 emissions which makes its carbon footprint approximately as high as Germany's. There is no regulation of international maritime transport emissions yet, but this is currently under discussion in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

  10. 12 Jul 2011

    As of this summer all marine accidents involving Member States ships or occurring in territorial waters of an EU country will be registered in the European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP) system, jointly developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).