JRC News

  1. 10 May 2007

    According to the 2007 Scoreboard, companies have increased their R&D investment by 10%. Three EU companies keep a position within the top 10 R&D ranking: DaimlerChrysler (5th), GlaxoSmithKline (7th) and Siemens (8th). Results also show that EU-based companies have increased their R&D by 7.4%, compared with 5.3% in the 2006 Scoreboard. By sectors, pharmaceuticals & biotechnology becomes the top R&D investing sector, overtaking the technology hardware & equipment sector. On the downside, the report shows that EU companies continued to grow their R&D investment at a lower rate than companies in the rest of the world.

  2. 20 Jun 2007

    The JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) has contributed to the Commission’s new European Action Plan for "Ageing Well in the Information Society", adopted last 14 June 2007. The plan is accompanied by a new European research programme which will invest over 1 billion EUR in research into information and communication technologies helping older Europeans to stay active for longer and live independently. JRC-IPTS' foresight activities in the fields of ICT for Independent Living and older users' needs, eHealth and eInclusion have been a very valuable input to this Action Plan.

  3. 6 Jul 2007

    After organising with the OECD last April the Rome workshop "Is happiness measurable and what do those measures mean for policy?", the JRC now contributed to the 2nd World Forum on "Statistics, Knowledge and Policy" entitled 'Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies' last week in Istanbul. This event was organised by the OECD, in co-operation with the European Commission, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the United Nations and the World Bank.

  4. 3 Oct 2007

    The JRC contributed to the 2007 Progress Report on Education and Training. The report - presented today by the Commission - shows that Europe is making good progress as regards tertiary maths, science and technology graduates and that the number of early school leavers is continuously declining. However, progress is more limited as regards upper secondary attainment of young people and lifelong learning participation of adults. No progress has so far been achieved in reducing the share of pupils with low reading skills.

  5. 21 Dec 2007

    The JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) is contributing to the European Commission's efforts to encourage the development of media literacy and the exchange of good practice across Europe.

  6. 15 Jan 2008

    Dr. }iga Turk, Slovenian Minister for Growth, visited the JRC Ispra site on 14/01/2008. With Slovenia currently holding the EU presidency, Dr. Turk talked about the importance of putting "knowledge" and "freedom of movement of knowledge" back to the top of the Lisbon agenda and addressed the issues of energy and climate change in the context of Europe's strategy for economic growth.

  7. 8 Feb 2008

    The JRC participated in the Enterprise Europe Network Launch Conference on 7 February 2008 in Brussels. The event provided an opportunity to publicise JRC's technology portfolio and to demonstrate JRC's commitment to transferring its innovative results to high-tech SMEs throughout Europe.

  8. 14 Feb 2008

    The JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) is supporting the European Commission's efforts to provide a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of EU Member States. With the release of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) 2007, innovation indicators and trend analyses for the 27 EU Member States as well as for Croatia, Turkey, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Japan, the US, Australia, Canada and Israel now becomes publicly available.

  9. 18 Feb 2008

    10 European standards for design of construction works will provide a common approach for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works as of 2010. These "Eurocodes" will boost business in this sector by removing technical barriers to trade with construction products and services within the European Union. They will improve quality of products and services, and will create new job opportunities in the construction sector, which currently covers 28% of industrial employment in the EU.

  10. 10 Apr 2008

    On 10 and 11 April 2008 the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) hosts a meeting of the EU representatives of the European Forum of Deposit Insurers (EFDI). The meeting brings together representatives of the EU Deposit Guarantee Schemes (DGS), of the European Central Banks, and of the European Commission.