On 3-4 May a delegation of the European Committee of the Regions visited
the scientific site of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
based in Ispra, Italy. It was the first official visit of a delegation from
a European institution to JRC Ispra after the Covid break.
The study visit at the Ispra site of the JRC included presentations on
several issues related to the European Green Deal and sustainability, as
well as visits to some of the most relevant research infrastructures like
the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment, the Atmospheric
Observatory Tower, the European Interoperability Centre for Electric
Vehicles and Smart Grids, and the Crisis Management Laboratory.
A series of CoR’s Commissions took part in the visit, including members
from SEDEC, CIVEX, ECON, ENVE, NAT and COTER. The Mayor of Varese Davide
Galimberti welcomed the delegation at the Estensi Gardens, the iconic
location of the town which is known as “La città giardino”.
The visit marks the close relations between the JRC and the European
Committee of the Regions. The 2022 phase of the joint initiative
“Science meets Regions”
, which promotes a culture of evidence-informed policymaking at regional
and local level, includes events and innovation camps in 14 regions
throughout the EU.
In her welcome speech, Sabine Henzler, Director for Strategy, Work
Programme and Resources at JRC, referred to the synergies of the
institutional role of both partners: “As the science and knowledge service
of the European Commission, the JRC supports EU policies with independent
evidence throughout the whole policy cycle. EU policies are ultimately
implemented on the ground in regions and cities. A culture of
evidence-informed policymaking can only thrive if it is also embraced at
national and local level, which is why we find it crucial to interact with
Member States, regions and cities as well."