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JRC and ENEA strengthen science & technology collaboration

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This agreement promotes collaboration in scientific and technology areas such as energy, environment, security, high performance scientific computing and nuclear security.

Brussels, 17 March 2010

Roland Schenkel, JRC Director General, affirmed: "ENEA and JRC are large public research organisations of similar size, often with complementary expertise, working in many common scientific and technological (S&T) areas which are crucial for the citizen. This makes ENEA a natural ally and S&T partner for the JRC". Giovanni Lelli, ENEA Commissioner, added: “The agreement with JRC represents a cornerstone in the internationalisation strategy of ENEA. Given the new status of "Agency" recently assigned to it by the Italian government, we expect the scientific exchanges that will rise from this agreement to be highly beneficial for our mission both at Italian and European level”.

Building on a longstanding scientific relationship and the shared objective of research, the entities have signed an agreement to enhance their collaboration. The parties have identified so far a set of areas and specific domains of common interest to work together on, with the aim of achieving mutual benefits. In particular:

  • Energy: end-use electricity efficiency, photovoltaic solar electricity, bioenergy, energy technologies, energy systemic modelling, hydrogen and fuel cells.
  • Nuclear security.
  • Environment: air quality and pollution, water pollution, climate change, earth observation technologies, environmental issues in the Mediterranean, life cycle analysis, environmental evaluation and certification.
  • Security of critical infrastructures: in particular the systems used for supervision, control and data acquisition.
  • High performance scientific computing: grid computing (i.e. the combination of computer resources applied to a common task).

This collaboration will promote the sharing of scientific information, tools and data, the establishment of new joint initiatives and projects, as well as the exploitation of the generated research results. The coordination process will be overseen by a Steering Committee, which will meet at least once a year.

Training for scientists through the exchange of personnel or the set-up of joint research facilities are other actions proposed to achieve the goals set by the agreement.

Background information

ENEA's mission is to support Italy's competitiveness and sustainable development.

The JRC's mission is to provide customer driven and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of European Union policies.


European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC): ENEA: