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Ambassador Zhang Ming Visits JRC's Ispra Site

On June 24, 2019, Ambassador Zhang Ming paid a visit upon invitation to the Ispra site of the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Dan Chirondojan, Director for Space, Security and Migration at the JRC who is responsible for managing the site, accompanied the Ambassador throughout the visit.

As the only research organization at the EU level, the JRC provides independent evidence-based support to EU policymaking. Ambassador Zhang Ming visited the European Interoperability Centre for Electric Vehicles and Smart Grids, the European Commission Atmospheric Observatory, the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment, the European Crisis Management Laboratory and other research facilities. Specialists at the site gave an introduction to the objectives, organizational structure and latest researches of the JRC and its Ispra site. The ambassador was also briefed on JRC’s collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES), the China Academy of Science and Technology for Development (CASTED) and other organizations on earth observation, prevention and control of soil pollution, food and consumer products, vehicle emission standards, seismic protection, and the assessment of science and technology statistics.

Ambassador Zhang said that the JRC plays a unique advisory role in supporting EU policymaking and that the laboratories and facilities at the site are very impressive. China and the EU have a solid foundation and enormous potential for cooperation and exchanges in the area of science and innovation. The two sides should seek to make more advances in this regard for win-win outcomes.

About the JRC

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a Directorate-General of the European Commission founded in 1957 and headquartered in Brussels, with research sites in five EU countries and more than 3,000 employees. The mission of the JRC, one of the world’s largest policy advisory bodies, is to support EU policymaking with independent scientific evidence throughout the whole policy cycle. The site in Ispra, established in 1960, is the largest of the JRC’s five research sites and also one of Europe’s leading research campuses with many laboratories and unique research facilities. Its research covers a wide range of fields, including sustainable resources and transport, space technology, security, migration, health and consumer protection, energy efficiency, climate change, growth and innovation, nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation.

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