JRC News

  1. 4 Dec 2014

    Investment in research and development by companies based in the EU grew by 2.6% in 2013, despite the unfavourable economic environment. However, this growth has slowed in comparison to the previous year's 6.8%. It is also below the 2013 world average (4.9%), and lags behind companies based in the US (5%) and Japan (5.5%).

  2. 23 Jul 2014

    Together with the Directorate General for Energy, the JRC has recently published the first report measuring the progress of smart meters deployment across the EU against the 80% target by 2020. Member States commitments represent to date, a total potential investment of €45 billion.

    Smart meters are essential for consumers; they allow an accurate billing through the communication between the electricity meters recording the actual consumption and the monitoring utility. They may also facilitate the provision of additional services to consumers.

  3. 23 Apr 2014

    Under the auspices of the Greek Presidency of the EU, the JRC and the Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development and Food are hosting today in Athens a high level conference on "Scientific Support to agriculture: competitiveness, quality and sustainability" with the participation of Athanasios S. Tsaftaris, Greek Minister of Rural Development and Food.

  4. 16 Dec 2013

    Together with the College of Europe, the JRC organised the third high-level roundtable on financial stability today. The participants tried to identify possible new avenues for scientific support to structural reforms, the financing of the real economy and shadow banking monitoring. They also explored the risks and opportunities in the context of the on-going Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations.

  5. 11 Dec 2013

    The European Commission has adopted the JRC's first Work Programme for 2014-2015 under Horizon 2020, the new EU strategy to boost research and innovation. The programme is aligned with the European Union's policy priorities, such as overcoming the economic crisis, encouraging the use of renewable energy and tackling climate change.

  6. 20 Nov 2013

    The 2013 edition of the Regional Competitiveness Index (RCI) has been launched by the JRC, in collaboration with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional Policy. The RCI was first published in 2010 and shows that competitiveness has a strong regional dimension, which national level indicators cannot capture.

  7. 18 Nov 2013

    The 2,000 top world investors listed in the 2013 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, increased R&D investments by 6.2% in 2012 compared to the previous year, showing a remarkable resilience in times of economic uncertainty. For the first time since 2004, an EU company – the German carmaker Volkswagen – is the world’s largest private sector R&D investor. These are the main findings of the Scoreboard released today. It was compiled by the JRC and the European Commission's Directorate General Research and Innovation.

  8. 4 Nov 2013

    A new JRC study looking into the supply of raw materials for the manufacture of low-carbon energy technologies found that eight metals were at high risk of shortages. The risk arises from EU dependency on imports, growing demand worldwide and geopolitical reasons. The study builds on a 2011 effort which looked into the six key applications of the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan: wind, solar, nuclear fission, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and the electricity grid.

  9. 29 Oct 2013

    The JRC formally launched the Danube Innovation Partnership at a kick-off meeting on 29 October in Bucharest, Romania. The Partnership gathers universities and research centres, technology transfer offices, local and national governments from 14 countries, as well as European stakeholders. It is an integral part of the JRC's Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy initiative, which seeks to improve the economic development across the region and boost growth and jobs through better policy making and funding.

  10. 25 Oct 2013

    The JRC held its first high-level conference on 24 October on cultural and creative industries (CCIs) and what role science can play to support growth and jobs in this sector and other fields.