The Annual Report provides an overview of the JRC's main activities, accomplishments and resources in 2013, highlighting its scientific and technical support to several EU key priorities: the economic and monetary union; the single market, growth, jobs and innovation; a low-carbon economy and resource efficiency; agriculture and global food security; public health and (nuclear) safety and security.
A special chapter is also dedicated to the JRC's work in the field of standardisation, including the most significant examples.
Topics featuring in this report include the JRC's contributions to a stable banking system, to a new composite indicator for innovation and to a new car emissions test procedure. It also highlights the JRC's research and initiatives in the field of climate change and biodiversity monitoring, smart grids, agricultural markets monitoring, public health challenges, disaster anticipation and management, tracking illicit nuclear trafficking and nuclear decommissioning. The JRC's unique outcomes, such as the first ever soil atlas of Africa, are also illustrated and explained.