The JRC annual lecture was given on 27 October by Yvo de Boer, Special Global Advisor, Climate Change and Sustainability, KPMG and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Speaking on the topic of "Climate services: fit for purpose?", Mr. de Boer explained the ingredients for their success. Such services have to be put in the context of citizens' local relevance - even if this means extrapolating data at local level - and their frequency has to be appropriate. Only then, they will be able to provide their crucial role of supporting the policy-making process, bringing business on board and contributing to the creation of a public understanding.