On Friday 16 March, the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso accompanied by the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn visited the JRC Ispra site. The President and the Commissioner got a first hand insight of various examples of JRC's scientific excellence. Nuclear security, standards for safer buildings, electro mobility, smart grids, food security and nanotechnology were some of the topics covered.
On the same occasion, the President inaugurated the new European Crisis Management Laboratory (ECML), which supports EU's interventions in areas struck by disaster around the globe. The new facility is equipped with state-of-the-art information technologies, providing a dynamic situational awareness for crisis and disaster preparedness and response on any location or event in the world.
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