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JRC Ispra celebrates 60 years of research in the service of citizens

The flags of the EU, Italy and Italian civil protection were carried by the parachutists, symbolising cooperation with the host Member State and national authorities The flags of the EU, Italy and Italian civil protection were carried by the parachutists, symbolising cooperation with the host Member State and national authorities
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Oct 09 2017

On 6 October 2017, the JRC celebrated its 60th anniversary with a ceremony organised together with the Italian Civil Protection and the Italian Fire Brigade.

Under the theme of civil protection, the celebration highlighted the importance of collaboration with national authorities. It showcased what the JRC and the EU do to help Italy on priority issues like disaster risk management to build resistance against earthquakes, floods, forest fires and landslides.

The 60th anniversary ceremony was attended by representatives of the Lombardy Region, Italian Civil Protection, Fire Brigade, as well as around 700 students from neighbouring schools.

Music of the orchestras of the European School of Varese and of the Italian Carabinieri provided the background to a breathtaking parachute display by the Carabinieri.

The JRC and the Lombardy Region also agreed to strengthen their scientific collaboration in the service of the citizens of the region.

"Lombardy, which hosts the Ispra Site, is one of the most important regional players in Europe for science and innovation. That is why we will shortly sign a formal agreement to strengthen our scientific cooperation", said Charlina Vitcheva, Deputy Director-General of the JRC.

The JRC celebrates its 60th anniversary together with the European Union. Established with the signature of the Euratom Treaty in 1957, the JRC has come a long way from its beginnings as a nuclear research centre in 1959.

Since the 1980s, the focus of JRC work has been shifting to new areas in order to keep pace with the European Commission's political priorities and the emerging societal issues in the EU.

A large part of the JRC's work is now focused on environmental issues, health and prevention, energy and transport issues, growth and innovation. More recently, the JRC has expanded its research to new areas such as migration and demography.