Research: Strengthening collaboration between ENEA and the Joint Research Centre

ENEA and JRC –the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission– met at ENEA headquarters early this month, following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed last year by the two institutions. During the meeting the importance of collaboration between ENEA and JRC was stressed and new and broader areas of cooperation proposed within the innovation scenario of the EU. Common objectives are to be identified in the different European smart specialization strategies but also in the renewed European Development Cooperation strategy, keeping in line with the UN 2030 Agenda perspective.

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ENEA's delegation and Vladimir Šucha, Director General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

The MoU builds on a previous successful agreement (2010-2015) and is intended to establish the basis for collaboration between the Parties in the fields of nuclear and non-nuclear energy, high performance scientific computing and big data, safety and security, environment, sustainable territorial and production systems and energy efficiency.

JRC’s mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle; on the other hand, ENEA’s activities aim at Italy’s economic, environmental and social sustainability, by searching new technological solutions capable of meeting the complex, economic and environmental global challenges.

The Joint Research Centre is celebrating its 60th anniversary together with the European Union. Established upon the signing of the Euratom Treaty in 1957, JRC has gone much farther since its beginning as a nuclear research centre in 1959. Since the 1980s, it has shifted the focus of its activities to novel areas, in order to keep pace with the European Commission's priority policies and the emerging societal issues in the EU. Actually, a large part of JRC's work is now focused on environmental issues, health and prevention, energy and transport issues, growth and innovation.

For further information:

Paola Cicchetti, ENEA – International Relations, paola.cicchetti@enea.it

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