JRC News

  1. 7 Oct 2013

    Examples and strategies for a successful choice and combination of agricultural measures to implement the 2000 Water Framework Directive (WFD) – which commits EU Member States to achieving good status of all water bodies by 2015 – are provided in the JRC's recently published report 'River Basin Network on Water Framework Directive and Agriculture'. Within the framework of the WFD's Common Implementation Strategy, the Pilot Rivers Basins network, coordinated by the JRC, was set up to provide feedback on practical implementation issues.

  2. 11 Dec 2013

    The European Commission has adopted the JRC's first Work Programme for 2014-2015 under Horizon 2020, the new EU strategy to boost research and innovation. The programme is aligned with the European Union's policy priorities, such as overcoming the economic crisis, encouraging the use of renewable energy and tackling climate change.

  3. 12 Jan 2012

    The prices of agricultural commodities are expected to stay firm over the medium term, according to a new report published by the European Commission.

  4. 7 Aug 2008

    Favourable weather conditions and an increase in the planted area farmed should lead to a total cereals harvest close to 301m tonnes for this year in the European Union, 43m tonnes more than in 2007. This represents an increase of 16% on the 2007 harvest and 9% on the past five years' average production. This forecast, published today by the European Commission, is based on an updated analysis by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), using an advanced crop yield forecasting system.

  5. 25 Nov 2009

    If the climate expected in the 2080s occurred today, the EU would face yearly GDP losses between €20 and €65 billion, depending on the temperature increase in Europe (2.5°C to 5.4°C). This is one of the forecasts of the final report of the PESETA study, published today by the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). The PESETA study also looked at different regional impacts of climate change across the EU. Damages would occur mainly in Southern and Central Europe, while Northern Europe would be the sole region to benefit, in economic terms and for the aspects studied, from climate change.

  6. 16 Apr 2008

    The JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) has published in Nature Biotechnology an analysis on the agronomic and economic performanes of the first GM crop cultivated in the EU. Currently, the only GM crop authorized for commercial cultivation in the EU is a GM maize resistant to certain pests, known as Bt maize. The EU Member State with the highest adoption rate of Bt maize by farmers is Spain, where the crop has been grown commercially 9 years. The Spanish case was selected to evaluate the agronomic and economic performance for farmers of Bt maize.

  7. 21 Apr 2009

    The European Commission has today adopted a Communication paving the way for a new classification of agricultural areas with 'natural handicaps' deserving of special agricultural aid. The classification is based on eight soil, terrain and climate-related criteria established by the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) in collaboration with a network of scientific experts as a basis for objectively and clearly categorising such areas.

  8. 2 Apr 2009

    The European Commission has published a new report on national strategies to ensure the coexistence of genetically modified crops with conventional and organic farming. The report notes that EU Member States have made significant progress in adopting legislation on coexistence, 15 having now done so, which is 11 more than in 2006 when the first coexistence report was published. Another 3 Member States have notified draft legislation to the Commission.

  9. 2 Oct 2007

    The 2007 MARS PAC annual conference - the thirteenth - will be held in collaboration with the Spanish Paying Agency FEGA, from 12 to 14 November at the Palacio de Congresos, Madrid.

  10. 4 Aug 2010

    Total cereal production in 2010 should be close to the average from the last five years. While the yield per hectare will be 5% above average, overall cultivated areas have decreased. This agricultural year has been marked by unusual scattered weather events ranging from severe rain shortage to floods. However, the impact of poor weather on crops in some areas of the EU has been offset in other areas.