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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Following a new methodology, the JRC assessed a list of quarantine pests for their potential economic, social and environmental impact on EU agriculture and forestry.
The bacterium Xylella fastidiosa affecting olive trees, almond, grapevine among other important crops, as well as the Japanese beetle, Citrus Black Spot, Citrus greening and the Asian long-horned beetle are among the top ranking pests affecting plant health in Europe.
This ranking has helped the Commission to list 20 quarantine pests as priority pests. The list is published today.
JRC analysis of EU human settlements, land-use and resource efficiency, as well as modelling work addressing options for urban and regional development have fed into the 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion, released on 23 July by the European Commission.
The Environment and Gender Index (EGI) was launched by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) today during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC COP19) in Warsaw. The EGI attempts to monitor progress toward gender equality in the context of global environmental governance and provides information on how 72 nations (including 11 EU members) are translating gender and environment mandates into national policy and planning.