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JRC Annual Report 1996

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published its annual report for 1996. The report outlines major research results and developments in each of the seven JRC Institutes, as well as news of the JRC's activities during the year.

The JRC became an autonomo...
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published its annual report for 1996. The report outlines major research results and developments in each of the seven JRC Institutes, as well as news of the JRC's activities during the year.

The JRC became an autonomous Directorate General within the Commission early in 1996, marking a new stage in its development and allowing changes in working methods and approaches to be made more easily. In particular, the new status will allow the JRC to take on a more commercial orientation. On the initiative of Commissioner Edith Cresson, the JRC also initiated a new approach to marketing, valorization and commercialization. In a move to improve collaborative research and technology transfer to industry, the Commission has launched a feasibility study with a view to establishing and technology park at the JRC's Ispra site.

The JRC has contributed fully to the Commission's discussions and policy papers on the development of the Fifth RTD Framework Programme during 1996, and it will continue to play an important role in the implementation of the Framework Programme.

During 1996, each of the JRC Institutes' activities were evaluated by groups of eminent European scientists, while an overall report was also compiled. These reports illustrate the considerable progress which has been made by the JRC since the previous evaluations in 1993 and 1994. The many detailed recommendations will provide stimulus for further development, while the Board of Governors has acknowledged that there is still room for improvement.

The evaluation reports raised questions over the procedures for recruiting staff and staff management. These questions will become more acute in the next few years as many of the current staff reach retiring age. The Board has noted the concerns of the evaluation groups, and intends to address the issue of staff policy again.

The report outlines a number of scientific advances made by JRC scientists during 1996 in specific research fields. It also gives figures for funding during 1996 (for both institutional research and competitive research), and for publications by JRC staff, and details the staffing complements of each Institute.

Source: European Commission, Joint Research Centre

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