EU's Joint Research Centre announces restructuring in run up to FP6 launch

September 19, 2002

Brussels, 18 Sep 2002

In preparation for the Sixth Framework programme (FP6), the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) is to restructure its management arrangements.

'In planning the restructuring, I took many factors into account, important among those being the background, expertise and qualification of Directors,' said Barry McSweeney, Director-General of the JRC. 'Another consideration was the Directors' length of time in office, in line with the new Commission policy on mobility. Directors who had about five years in their position have been moved,' he said.

All new appointees have both scientific and management experience, enabling the JRC management team to provide strong leadership and direction. The changes below will come into effect on 1 November 2002.

- Manfred Grasserbauer, current Director of the Institute for reference materials and measurements, Geel, moves to the position of Director of the Institute of environment and sustainability, Ispra;

- Jean-Marie Martin, current Director of the Institute of environment and sustainability, Ispra, becomes Principal Advisor to the Director-General on science and technology with particular emphasis on increasing the linkages with European scientific organisations. He will be based in Ispra;

- Alejandro Herrero, current Director of science strategy, based in Brussels, will become Director of the Institute for reference materials and measurements, Geel;

- David Wilkinson, current Director of the Institute for the protection and security of the citizen, moves to Brussels as Director of science strategy;

- Jean-Marie Cadiou, current Director of the Institute for prospective technological studies, Seville, moves to the position of Director of the Institute for the protection and security of the citizen, Ispra.

The position of Director of the Institute for prospective technological studies will be filled as soon as possible.

For further information, please consult the following web address: http://www.jrc.cec.eu.int

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