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JRC-managed initiatives support capacity building and scientific exchange with Western Balkans partners
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Feb 07 2018

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 report establishes the quality requirements to be respected for safe use of recycled water in agriculture
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Feb 07 2018

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.

MECSA aims to empower individuals to assess the level of protection of their email communications and promote best practices among email providers
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Feb 06 2018
The ‘My Email Communications Security Assessment (MECSA)’ tool can run a quick check on your email communications and provide feedback on how well-protected they are.
Commission launches a new tool to report cancer burden statistics and trends across Europe
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Feb 05 2018

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.

The study highlights the need to prepare effective adaptation plans for a likely increase of floods in Europe
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Jan 29 2018
Europe is expected to see a considerable increase in flood risk in coming years, even under an optimistic climate change scenario of 1.5°C warming compared to pre-industrial levels.
Smart Specialisation: Sixty European regions get ready to develop joint energy projects
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Jan 25 2018

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 new Commission knowledge portal provides a single point of entry to knowledge related to migration.
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Jan 24 2018
A new web portal provides a single point of entry to knowledge relevant to EU policies on migration and related fields.
EU, industry and nuclear professionals together on decommissioning, 23 January 2018
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Jan 23 2018

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.

The emerging pollutants include pharmaceuticals, newly registered pesticides, industrial plastic additives, personal care products and new flame retardants.
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Jan 22 2018
The majority of chemicals on a combined list of more than 2700 potential marine contaminants are what's known as 'emerging pollutants': substances that have the potential to enter the environment and cause adverse ecological and human health effects, but are still largely unregulated.
The report presents lessons learnt on disaster preparedness from non-nuclear emergencies
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Jan 17 2018
The JRC joins forces with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to assess similarities in emergency preparedness and response across sectors, identify lessons learned and set out good practices for the nuclear sector.

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