JRC News

  1. 31 Mar 2008

    After positive assessment from the European Food Safety authority (EFSA), the European Commission authorised imports of GM maize GA21 from countries where this variety is cultivated. The dossier followed the full authorisation procedure set out by the EU legislation including the validation of the detection method proposed by the applicant for this GM type by the Community Reference Laboratory for GM Food and Feed hosted at the JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP). The Community Reference Laboratory organised and carried out the validation study in collaboration with the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL).

  2. 27 Mar 2008

    Today the JRC and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) signed a collaboration agreement that will allow both institutions to combine their efforts in addressing the environmental challenge currently posed by climate change, with a clear focus on developing countries.

    The agreement foresees the provision of data generated by the JRC’s African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory for Sustainable Development to African countries via EUMETCast, EUMETSAT’s near-real-time broadcast system for environmental data. Earth observation contributes effectively to monitoring weather, climate and the environment. EUMETSAT, an operator of weather, climate and environmental monitoring satellites, and the JRC have decided to strengthen their links in this domain.The collaboration will improve scientific knowledge and product development in the field of climate monitoring, allowing both organisations to contribute effectively to monitoring the climate, in support of the Implementation Plan of the Global Climate Observing System, created in 1992 by the United Nations to ensure that observations and information needed to address climate-related issues are obtained and made available to all potential users.

    Based on the organisations’ respective experience in Earth observation applications in developing countries, the collaboration will allow both EUMETSAT and the JRC to cooperate in contributing to the extension of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) to ACP countries.

    At the signing ceremony, Dr. Roland Schenkel, Director-General of the JRC said: “Ensuring strong links between a research-based policy support organisation - the JRC - and an operational organisation – EUMETSAT - both involved in the field of Earth observation, will greatly facilitate the difficult process of transforming research results into operational products that can be delivered on a sustainable and regular basis to users.”

  3. 27 Mar 2008

    “The Assessment of African Protected Areas", an online information system based on the latest advances in satellite technology, monitors trends in fire, vegetation, and rainfall. It allows park managers to compare current fire activity, vegetation growth or rainfall against seasonal norms. This information will help African nations to achieve the goal of halting biodiversity loss by 2010. The assessment system is developed and managed by the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), and measures the pressure, as well as the value of a park in terms of habitat and species.

  4. 26 Mar 2008

    The kick-off meeting for the Western Balkan countries INCO-NET (WBC-INCO.NET) was held in February 2008 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This programme is one of the six new projects on international cooperation funded by the European Union to support bi-regional dialogues in the area of science and technology (S&T). JRC's main role in this project is to help define a methodology for priority setting to be applied in all Western Balkan Countries as well as to support dialogue among WBC and various Commission Directorate-Generals. Monitoring cooperation and participation in the FP7 are also part of the JRC role in the platform.

  5. 22 Mar 2008

    The JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) is accompanying the preparation and implementation of European legislation for the regulation of chemical pollutants in the aquatic environment. IES has been working on the harmonisation of monitoring by chairing multinational working groups, preparing guidance, conducting measurement campaigns and conducting field trials in order to derive the best chemical monitoring practises.

  6. 19 Mar 2008

    The JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) has been involved in the determination of the phonon dispersion curves of single crystalline PuCoGa5 samples by inelastic X-ray scattering (IXS) at room temperature. This was done at the European Synchrotron in Grenoble (ESRF). The understanding of the superconductor PuCoGa5 physical properties will allow advances in the global understanding of unconventional superconductivity.

  7. 19 Mar 2008

    The GlobCover is an initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA) that was launched in 2004. The GlobCover initiative develops a service for the generation of a global land cover map for the year 2005 at 300 m resolution (from the MERIS sensor onboard the ENVISAT satellite. The project is led by an international network of partners including the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Environmental Agency (EEA), the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the Global Observations of Forest Cover and Global Observations of Land Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD).

  8. 15 Mar 2008

    On today's European Consumer Day, following the motto "Know Your Rights, Use Your Rights", the European Commission recalls that consumers through their choices are the force that drives the market. This year's campaign is an appeal to consumers to take power back in their hands, to get informed and to use their power of comparison and of choice.

  9. 14 Mar 2008

    The JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) was today awarded a triple integrated International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) certification. Performed by TÜV NORD CERT (Germany), the inspections leading to the certifications highlight the excellence of IRMM's overall management system in meeting stringent international standards.

  10. 12 Mar 2008

    The European Commission is organising a selection procedure to fill one administrator post (temporary contract) as technical manager in the JRC's Decommissioning Programme, Nuclear Decommissioning and Facilities Management Unit in Ispra (Italy).