JRC News

  1. 22 Sep 2009

    The International Cooperation on Cosmetic Regulation (ICCR) held their third annual meeting from 9-11 September in Tokyo, Japan to discuss issues related to cosmetic and cosmetic-like drug products.

  2. 21 Sep 2009

    The JRC has become an official observer of the European Forum of Deposit Insurers (EFDI) following an invitation from the Forum's Board of Directors. The result of longstanding collaboration between the two organisations, the step is recognition of the important advisory role played by the JRC with a view to improving deposit protection in Europe. The EFDI statutes grant official observers the right to attend and contribute to its meetings.

  3. 21 Sep 2009

    The JRC's Institute for Energy (IE) today publishes its eighth Annual Photovoltaics Status Report. The report notes that global production of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules and panels increased to about 7.3 gigawatts (GW) in 2008, representing an 80% increase on the previous year.

  4. 14 Sep 2009

    The JRC lent its scientific expertise and contributed through economic analysis and scenarios to the European Commission's new Communication "Stepping up international climate finance: A European blueprint for the Copenhagen deal" and its corresponding Staff Working Paper published this week by the Commission's Environment Directorate-General.

  5. 7 Sep 2009

    The European Commission, represented by the JRC, and the African Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), have today signed a Collaboration Agreement on scientific issues regarding land-cover dynamics. The two organisations aim to collaborate in the field of agriculture and land-cover monitoring to support food security and the management of natural resources in East Africa. European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Poto nik, and Uganda's Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Daniel Omara Atubo, witnessed the signature in Nairobi (Kenya).

  6. 7 Sep 2009

    Metrology institutes from the USA, South Korea, Canada, Australia, China, South Africa, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom have set up a global consortium with the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM).

  7. 3 Sep 2009

    The number of commercialised genetically modified (GM) crops in the world is foreseen to multiply by four from about 30 today to over 120 in 2015. This is the forecast presented in the report "The global pipeline of new GM crops: implications of asynchronous approval for international trade", recently published by the JRC. It features a list of new GM crops expected to be commercialised ('in the pipeline') in various parts of the world and analyses their possible impact on international trade. The report notes that their increasing number may cause trade disruptions due to asynchronous approval.

  8. 2 Sep 2009

    ERAWATCH, the European Commission's on-line information platform on research systems and policies in Europe and beyond, has expanded its service with a new section entitled "European Perspective", offering an overview of research policies and systems at a European level.

  9. 21 Aug 2009

    At the World Water Week in Stockholm, under the EU Water Initiative (EUWI), the JRC introduced two new and updated information systems, essential tools for effective knowledge management among the international water community.

  10. 10 Aug 2009

    Estimates from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) show that 200,000 hectares of land in the EU have already burnt in 2009, compared to a total of 180,000 in 2008. EFFIS continuously monitors the forest fire risk, which at present is still high, and has just released the 'Forest Fires in Europe 2008' report providing a comprehensive overview of the forest fire danger conditions and impact of forest fires in Europe for 2008.