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The JRC publishes its 1998 annual report

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has recently published its annual report for 1998.

The report reviews some of the considerable changes at the JRC during 1998, such as the appointment of Herbert Allgeier as Director-General and increased emphasis on the JRC's r...
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has recently published its annual report for 1998.

The report reviews some of the considerable changes at the JRC during 1998, such as the appointment of Herbert Allgeier as Director-General and increased emphasis on the JRC's role as a European institution, conducting research that underpins and supports the policies of the European Union.

The report outlines how these changes are reflected in the JRC's new mission statement, which now pledges to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of European Union policies. The statement continues:

"As a service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre functions as a centre of science and technology reference for the Union. Close to the policy-making process, it serves the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of special interests, private or national."

On a more practical level, the JRC has grown, with the creation of the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (ICHP). 1998 also saw the JRC actively participating in preparations for the launch of the European Commission's Fifth RTD Framework Programme. For the first time, the JRC now has its own separate work programme. This is structured around European policies which focus on the concerns of the individual citizen, the alleviation of conflict between man and the environment, the promotion of sustainable development and the assurance of safe nuclear energy.

The report highlights how the JRC has collaborated successfully with members of the European scientific community to achieve visible benefits, such as the opening of a new cancer treatment facility in Petten, The Netherlands.

The report particularly highlights the following areas of the JRC's activity during 1998:

- Refocusing the mission;
- Reshaping the organisation;
- An overview of the JRC's activities in 1998;
- The JRC as a partner;
- Technology transfer;
- Communications;
- The figures;
- Work packages for the coming years.

The report also reviews some of the most prominent projects undertaken by JRC institutions in 1998.

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