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Blue sky with clouds with a river in the foreground EU Member States are now legally obliged to follow air quality assurance programmes organised and evaluated by the JRC.
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Sep 17 2015

Revised European legislation setting improved rules on collection, sampling and analyses of air pollution data enters into force today. It amends rules and procedures on the measurement of air pollutants outdoors, and aims to prevent or reduce harmful effects on human health and the environment.

Group photo of the panel members Opening session of Science meets Parliaments.
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Sep 15 2015

On 15 September, a new initiative brought scientists from all over Europe together with members of the European and national parliaments, with the aim of improving the culture of evidence-informed policy-making and to stress the importance of science.

Scientists examining testtube in laboratory Nanotechnology offers promise for the development of innovative products and applications in industrial sectors such as agricultural production, animal feed and treatment, food processing and food contact materials.
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Sep 11 2015

An overview of regulatory solutions worldwide on the use of nanotechnology in food and feed production shows a differing approach: only the EU and Switzerland have nano-specific provisions incorporated in existing legislation, whereas other countries count on non-legally binding guidance and standards for industry.

Large cargo ship with shipping containers of different colours in the background Information on the logistics and actual routes of cargo containers arriving in Europe will become systematically available to EU customs authorities.
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Sep 08 2015

A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament and the Council will allow customs to access information to track the origins and routes of cargo containers arriving in the EU to support the fight against customs fraud both at EU and national level.

Vladimír Šucha, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, and Jennifer Barnes From left to right: Vladimír Šucha, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, and Jennifer Barnes.
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Sep 07 2015

On 7 September 2015, to promote and deepen scientific collaboration, the University of Cambridge and the JRC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Pavel Kabat, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of IIASA and Vladimír Šucha, Director-General of the JRC signing a new research framework arrangement Pavel Kabat, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of IIASA and Vladimír Šucha, Director-General of the JRC signing a new research framework arrangement.
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Sep 02 2015

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the JRC sign a new research framework arrangement in Laxenburg, Austria.

Soil Soil erosion by water accounts for the greatest loss of soil in Europe compared to other erosion processes.
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Sep 01 2015

A recent assessment carried out by the JRC estimates that water erodes 970 million tonnes of soil every year in the EU.

Map of Europe in the background with a pink breast cancer ribbon in the foreground Diagnosis and screening are the two services most addressed by standards.
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Aug 24 2015

A JRC survey on the use of ISO standards in breast cancer care services in Europe finds that in 76% of the countries examined at least one healthcare organisation is accredited or holds an accredited certificate of conformity to the respective standard.

Dry cracked earth Many parts of the European continent are experiencing one of the worst droughts since 2003.
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Aug 20 2015

Much of the European continent has been affected by severe drought in June and July 2015, one of the worst since the drought and heat wave of summer of 2003.

Farmland scenery with fields of green crops and some harvested fields surrounding By 2030 and beyond, food security will increasingly be considered as securing food supply in response to changing and growing global demand.
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Aug 18 2015

Food security policy should be moving towards a much broader landscape and focusing on regular access to food, while addressing food insecurity for a fraction of communities.