The High Level Group of the Commission's new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) has published its first opinion. It focuses on enhancing the measurement of CO2 emissions from cars. The independent group of eminent scientists welcome the introduction of the new emissions testing procedure as from 2017 that is expected to provide more representative CO2 emission measurements.

More than 600 professionals from the worlds of science and politics converged in Brussels in September to share expertise on how best to connect scientific evidence with government decision-making. Recent developments including infectious disease outbreaks, humanitarian crises, genetically modified crops and climate change all require the input of scientists.