JRC News

  1. 25 Feb 2015

    How technology transfer activities can help EU industry and manufacturing SMEs to adopt advanced and clean manufacturing technologies was the main question of today's workshop, organised by the JRC in cooperation with the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA).

  2. 13 Feb 2015

    The joint Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG Regional and Urban Policy) and JRC's Smart Specialisation Platform is the main tool to support regional and national authorities in designing their related strategies.

  3. 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%).

  4. 1 Dec 2014

    On 27-28 November in Brussels, the JRC organised a conference focusing on the strategic foresight, forecasting and assessment of future technologies. Steered by an international group of experts, the event become a common platform for some 400 practitioners, policy-makers, business, civil society and interested professionals in general to interact and help in guiding strategy, policy and decision-making to anticipate and shape future developments.

  5. 4 Nov 2014

    Disruptive technologies can foster the creation of new markets but may generate new challenges before they are brought to real life. A round table discussion organised by the JRC focused on the example of the flying car and explored the role science can play in horizon scanning, regulation and standardisation.

  6. 9 Oct 2014

    How much is Europe investing in the bioeconomy today? What is the state of the bioeconomy sectors across the EU? What are the related policy initiatives taken at EU and national levels? Replies to those and similar questions can be found on the bioeconomy observatory website, set up by the JRC.

  7. 6 Oct 2014

    The "Future of Europe is science" conference, co-hosted by the JRC, takes place today and tomorrow in Lisbon. It gathers some 400 actors from the world of science, industry and society, aiming at taking stock of European achievements in science over the past 10 years. World-class scientists, industrialists and political figures also debate the role science, technology and innovation can play in societal well-being and its potential to stimulate growth, jobs and business development opportunities for Europe.

  8. 3 Oct 2014

    The Stairway to Excellence (S2E) project, launched today, will help new Member States optimise usage of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and Horizon 2020 for research, development and innovation.

  9. 24 Sep 2014

    In support of EU legislation on safety of chemicals, the JRC has published a state-of-the art review of test methods and non-testing (computational) approaches that help promote the replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal experiments - known as the 3Rs - in the safety assessment of chemicals.  The report "Alternative methods for regulatory toxicology – a state-of-the-art review" focuses on "non-standard" methods, i.e. those that are not included in current regulatory guidelines.

  10. 12 Aug 2014

    A new study estimates that EU Member States could make their business sectors more competitive by changing the way taxes are collected from companies. The study suggests that by reducing the business tax burden linked to labour costs (social security contributions, payroll taxes, etc.) and shifting the expected tax revenue to the energy consumption facet instead, Member States could lower companies' overall production costs.