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1988 marked the opening of a new era for the Joint Research Centre. Within the European Communities, this was the first year of a new four year research programme which runs through 1991, the eve of the opening of Europe's internal market. In October 1987, the Commission of the European Communities proposed a new orientation for the JRC. It has been asked to play a significant role in Europe's future and in the establishment of the internal market by supporting the improvement of European industrial competitiveness, the improvement of safety, and the protection of the environment. This 1988 Annual Report shows successful steps already taken by the JRC in this direction, and indicates the trend of the JRC towards fulfilling its role in the future of Europe. Early in 1988, the JRC was reorganised into nine independent institutes to derive full benefit from its expertise and facilities. As in previous years, the majority of the JRC's research focused on activities outlined in the framework research programme of the Communities. In addition, the JRC has responded to increasing requests for direct technical support to the General Directorates of the Commission. The JRC has been given a new task of working for clients outside the Commission, such as national agencies, universities and private enterprises. This move is designed to strengthen communication between the JRC and the Communities and to increase its support of European industry. In addition, 1988 has marked the launching of a programme of exploratory research, to open important new areas of endeavour and to maintain high levels of scientific competence for Europe's future.

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Authors: CEC, Directorate General of the Joint Research Centre, 200, rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12305 EN (1989) free of charge
Availability: Available from the RTD-Helpdesk, European Commission, DG XIII/D-2, EUFO 2286, rue Alcide de Gasperi, L-2920 Luxembourg (LU)
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