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Report from the Commission, JRC Annual Report - 2003, COM(2004)362 final

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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has made many important contributions to supporting EU policies in 2003, the first year of the Sixth Framework Programme. Increasingly, Community legislation is science-based and therefore requires sound scientific underpinning. Among the examples described in this report is the support provided to the new chemicals policy, particularly with reference to the registration, evaluation and authorisation and restriction of chemicals.
The nomination of the JRC as the Community Reference Laboratory for support to GM0 food and feed legislation is a concrete example of how the JRC is contributing to the development of scientific and reference systems to support policy-makers. This is one of the building blocks of the European Research Area (ERA) and a key component in the JRC's ERA Action Plan. Such support is not provided solely by the JRC but rather through the European Network of GMO laboratories, managed by the JRC.
Other key elements in the JRC ERA Action Plan include networking, enlargement, training and mobility, and increasing access to specialised facilities. The signing of a collaboration agreement between the Research DG and JRC's Institute of Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) and the creation of a dedicated ERA unit, is a welcome development and highlights the importance I attach to the European Research Area.
Making a success of enlargement is the major challenge for 2004 and the coming years. One of the issues facing the New Member States is the need to comply with the body of EU legislation, the 'acquis communitaire'. Through a comprehensive programme of hosting scientists, organising technical workshops and training courses, and actively involving national laboratories from the New Member States in its workprogramme, the JRC has continued to contribute significantly to accelerating compliance with the scientific and technical aspects of the acquis.

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Record Number: 6080 / Last updated on: 2004-07-09
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