On Monday 16 July Vladimír Šucha commenced his term as Deputy Director-General of the JRC. He will coordinate the JRC’s scientific activities.
Vladimír Šucha has a long-term academic and research background and a full professorship from the Comenius University in Bratislava. He worked as a Director for Culture and Media at the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Between 2000 and 2004 he was a participant of the JRC’s Board of Governors and in 2004, when the Slovak Republic joined the EU he became a member until 2006. He was the Director of the Slovak Research and Development Agency in 2005 and 2006. The Agency is the Slovak national body for funding research, promoting international cooperation and providing scientific advice. He has also worked as the Principal advisor for European Affairs for the Minister of Education of the Slovak Republic (2004-2005) and covered the research, education and culture portfolio for the Slovak Representation to the EU between 2000 and 2004.
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a department of the European Commission providing independent scientific and technological support for EU policy-making. It works closely on the development of EU legislation with the relevant Commission services, such as the Agricultural, Enterprise, Environment, and Health and Consumer Protection. Knowledge comes from specific application- and issue-oriented research within the seven JRC Institutes and close co-operation with over 1000 public and private organisations in Member State and applicant countries. In the area of power engineering it focused on nuclear safety and security, environment, climate change and emissions and energy efficiency.