We are doing science for policy
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.
The Commission unveiled a new plan this week, laying out paths to EU membership for the Western Balkans countries.
Through democratic, political, economic and societal improvements, the Western Balkan partners have a real and credible prospect of joining the EU in the coming years.
The EU is committed to supporting them on that journey. As the European Commission's science and knowledge service, the JRC has a key role in these efforts.
The JRC has published a report on the minimum quality requirements for the use of treated waste water for agricultural purposes.
This science for policy report will be used as basis for defining EU legislation on the reuse of water in agriculture.
Cancer may seem to strike European citizens randomly, but there is actually great variation across Europe in incidence, mortality, and survival.
In 2018, 3.9 million new cases of cancer (all types, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) and over 1.9 million cancer deaths are estimated in Europe.
A high proportion of this burden (53% of new cancer cases and 56% of cancer deaths) will affect the male population. Cancer incidence is highest in the Northern European region.
Sixty EU regions which have set energy as a priority in their Smart Specialisation Strategies will now move to the practical phase – implementing pilot activities and defining business and funding plans.
These regions have been working since 2015 through the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy).
This European Commission platform facilitates partnerships between EU regions that plan investments in energy innovation and assists them to use funding more effectively.
The European Commission has teamed up with industry representatives and nuclear professionals to organise a knowledge-sharing roundtable on the decommissioning of nuclear facilities.
Nuclear decommissioning is an industrial activity expected to grow worldwide.
It encompasses technical and management actions associated with ceasing operation of a nuclear installation, through its dismantling, to finally removing it from regulatory control, with the objective of delivering an environmentally friendly end-state.