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Latest Annual Report

Report on the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the JRC’s work carried out in 2015. An overview is given of the scientific achievements and activities.

Latest Thematic Reports
The JRC Annual Conference Proceedings report sums up the JRC Annual Conference 2016 which focused on the importance of human capital for the prosperity of regions and cities. The conference took place on 11 October 2016, at the Bozar in Brussels, within the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities. Around 400 participants representing different academic fields, regions, cities, business and international organisations participated. During the conference, the European Commission's Knowledge Centre for Territorial Policies was launched.

This report provides a detailed overview of research on nuclear safety and security, including their policy background and context, as carried out by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. Organised in five chapters, the report describes relevant scientific output in nuclear safety; nuclear security; reference measurements, materials and standards; nuclear knowledge management, training and education and, in the last chapter, innovation.

This atlas makes available the knowledge contained in the English 'Soil Atlas of Africa' to the 120 million people living in Africa, who speak French as a first or second language. This atlas further develops issues in the English version of the atlas to highlight the value of soil for the well being of both people and the environment across Africa. The publication raises awareness of the critical ecosystem functions and services provided by soil which are under increasing pressure from poor land management practices, climate change and an increasingly urbanized population, compounded by in many areas by rural poverty and social conflict. The atlas describes the factors controlling the geographical distribution of soil across Africa, its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. A joint initiative of the European Union, the African Union and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the atlas encourages the sustainable use of soil resources in Africa and contributes to the Global Soil Partnership for Food Security, the European year for development and the International Year of Soils.

This document provides for each EU and EFTA country a fact sheet containing examples of policy initiatives either explicitly or implicitly informed by behavioural insights as well as the institutional developments regarding the application of behavioural insights to policy. These country-specific overviews complement the "Behavioural Insights Applied to Policy – European Report 2016". They are meant to be updated on a regular basis by taking into account new behavioural policies and institutional developments.

The insight that this booklet provides - thanks to the precious contribution of national and regional authorities - shows that smart specialisation has gone far beyond the mere fulfilment of the ex-ante conditionality criteria linked to Cohesion policy allocations. It has triggered a change in the way innovation-driven regional development policies are dealt with across Europe, confirming the outcome of a number of surveys recently run on this topic. These 'Smart Stories' will drive the reader through the features of smart specialisation as it has been applied in a number of EU countries and regions, with a view to stimulating to further explore the concept and its policy implications, to identify complementarities and potential for mutual learning and collaboration. The period of strategy development has in one sense finished; however, the process of implementing and monitoring S3 will hopefully lead to many more 'Smart Stories' to be shared across all territories of the European Union.

Latest JRC brochures and leaflets
The JRC's European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) recently updated its ISO 17025 calibration accreditation and can now offer top precision electrical performance calibration for PV cells and modules.

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the European Union. In 2009, the European Commission adopted the Communication on Action Against Cancer: European Partnership which defines several objectives for reducing the burden of cancer in Europe. Evaluation of measures to implement this goal is critically dependent on accurate and comparable European cancer data available for derivation of incidence, prevalence, survival and mortality statistics. For this purpose, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), in its role as a scientific service to the European Commission, and in close collaboration with the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), is supporting the creation of a cancer-information system for Europe to be built upon existing experience, competence and cooperation of national and regional cancer registries.

This policy brief illustrates the role of inequality as a driver of migration and seeks empirical evidence of the relationship between inequality within the country of origin and emigration rate.