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Commission backs climate change JPI

The European Commission has officially approved an already existing Joint Programming Initiative on climate change.

In a recommendation published on 21 October, the Commission calls on national governments to “develop a common vision” and align their efforts in climate change research.

Member states should develop links with existing schemes such as the Climate-KIC of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, or the EU’s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security, the Commission says.

The existing Joint Programming Initiative, called “Connecting climate knowledge for Europe”, is coordinated by Germany and involves 12 countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The Commission holds observer status in the initiative.

The initial idea was proposed by six of these countries in April last year. The partners adopted a Strategic Research Agenda in May 2011.