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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 latest edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here.
An editorial by Dr Christos Vasilakos, the Greek Secretary General for Research and Technology focuses on the achievements of the Hellenic presidency in the field of research and innovation, including the progress of the European Research Area and the smooth launch of Horizon 2020. He emphasises the importance of international collaboration in science, and highlights Greek collaboration with the JRC in fields of mutual interest.
The cover story gives an insight into the JRC's work in maritime safety and security. The JRC Contraffic technology helps customs authorities to monitor ship container movements and prevent illicit activities in trade, while the platform Blue Hub provides real time updates of ship traffic activity and is about to undergo a trial – within a project on fighting sea piracy – to track vessels off the African coast. In fisheries, the use of satellites ensures ships report correct positions, and innovative sensors are being developed to track small boats which are harder to detect.
The newsletter also features the JRC contribution to the Economic Review of the Financial Regulation Agenda in the EU. JRC analysis assessing the benefits of introducing increased capital requirements and resolution tools for banks revealed that the benefits of these tools would outweigh any costs.
Other news stories include the new edition of the strategic energy technologies review, a "technology map" providing an overview of the uptake of 22 low-carbon technologies worldwide, and a recent JRC report on dietary prevention of cancer, which screens national plans and dietary recommendations.
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