JRC News

  1. 17 Mar 2014

    A recent study published by the JRC reveals that income inequality might have a negative effect on interpersonal trust. Trust is a critical factor for societies to function well: it goes hand in hand with cooperative behaviors and investment decisions, as well as with the quality of institutions, which are all key determinants of economic performance. The implications of such a detrimental effect of inequality on trust should, therefore, not be disregarded.

  2. 28 Nov 2013

    According to the 2013 Education and Training Monitor recently launched by the European Commission, sixteen Member States decreased their spending on education between 2008 and 2011, with six showing further significant budget decreases in 2012. The Education and Training Monitor is an annual publication examining the evolution of Europe’s education and training systems, allowing Member States to compare themselves against others. Most of the analysis presented in the Monitor is based on reports produced by the JRC.

  3. 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.

  4. 19 Nov 2013

    The Environment and Gender Index (EGI) was launched by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) today during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC COP19) in Warsaw. The EGI attempts to monitor progress toward gender equality in the context of global environmental governance and provides information on how 72 nations (including 11 EU members) are translating gender and environment mandates into national policy and planning.

  5. 25 Oct 2013

    A new single innovation indicator, which the JRC helped develop, has been presented at this week's European Council Summit on 24 and 25 October. The indicator focuses on innovation output and measures the extent to which ideas from innovative sectors are able to reach the market, providing better jobs and making Europe more competitive.

  6. 11 Oct 2013

    Are ratings and rankings non-debatable? Does the weight given to one variable actually reflect its real importance? In a recently published article in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A the JRC describes its statistical method to assess the quality of multi-dimensional indices (composite indicators). The analysis shows that for several of these indices equal importance is attributed to the underlying variables, while in many cases, only a few variables drive the results and others are merely cosmetic. The JRC method can help developers revise their composite indicators in order to obtain statistical coherence.

  7. 24 Jul 2013

    Six European Union Member States are in the top ten list of the 10 most innovative nations (Sweden (2), United Kingdom (3), Netherlands (4), Finland (6), Denmark (9), Ireland (10)), while Switzerland retained its place atop the rankings in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2013, published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The index was submitted, for the third consecutive year, to an independent statistical audit by the JRC.

  8. 7 Jun 2013

    The OECD–FAO 2013 Agricultural Outlook for the period 2013-2022 has been released yesterday. It projects a slow-down in the medium-term expansion of world agricultural production because of limited area expansion and slower productivity growth. Agricultural commodity prices in real terms will be held above pre-2007 levels by tight market conditions and higher input costs.

  9. 18 Apr 2013

    The JRC and the College of Europe have organised today the second high-level roundtable on scientific support to financial stability. It stems from the 1st roundtable , in which the need for further scientific support and advice for Banking Union and structural reform of the EU banking sector was identified.

  10. 5 Sep 2012

    According to the Web Index presented in London on 5 September 2012, Sweden, US and UK are the three countries in the world where the web is most used. The study, which was assessed by JRC scientists, also shows that internet access remains a luxury in much of the world, with only 1 in 3 people using it globally, and that high broadband prices and trends toward censorship are major barriers to making the Web useful to all. The Web Index is the world’s first multi-dimensional measure of the impact of the Web on people and nations.