The JRC signed a five-year agreement with the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) to reinforce cooperation in the fields of agriculture and climate change research.
JRC scientists developed a rapid analytical method for the identification and quantification of more than 100 liquid smoke components. The work is relevant for the implementation of European legislation related to smoke flavouring used for food products.
The JRC has released ERM‑CA403 – a new Certified Reference Material (CRM) based on seawater that was certified for the mass concentrations of eight trace elements. This CRM enables better control of the quality of environmental water samples.
The JRC has developed and released ERM-BD512, a new reference material based on dark chocolate and certified for four trace elements: cadmium, copper, manganese and nickel.
On 21 March 2018, the Commission presented its proposal establishing rules at EU level to ensure the fair and effective taxation of the digital economy. JRC scientists have supported the package by providing data and estimates on corporate profit allocation of Web companies and by analysing the macroeconomic impact of the proposal.
The future of food safety and nutritional quality of diets often seems to be taken for granted. But should it? JRC in close collaboration with the European Commission Department for Health and Food Safety explored what we can we do to ensure not only sufficient but also safe and nutritious food in the future, affordable and accessible to healthy people on a healthy planet.
2017 was one of the worst years on record for fires in Europe, with over 800,000 hectares of land burnt in Portugal, Italy and Spain alone. As the world gets warmer and Europe’s land gets drier, fires are set to get even worse – and not just for the hottest countries around the Mediterranean.
Soil erosion costs European countries €1.25 billion in annual agricultural productivity loss and €155 million in the gross domestic product (GDP) loss, according to a JRC new study.