JRC News

  1. 19 Sep 2014

    A JRC-designed path for the visually impaired was inaugurated today in Melsungen, Germany. The new path will enable a visually impaired person to move around independently in the historical centre of Melsungen using a walking cane, which recognises the signals emitted by microchips placed in the pavement.

  2. 31 Aug 2012

    In today's globalised world, keeping aware and staying ahead on all sorts of issues from health, environment and energy to political affairs, security and the financial crisis has become a mammoth task. Breaking down language barriers means first-hand access to relevant information that helps to keep the citizen, the policy maker, governmental authorities, the private sector, industry, etc. better informed, especially on fast changing and impacting issues.

  3. 26 Feb 2015

    A JRC-hosted roundtable on creative and cultural industries on 25 February brought together policy- and law-makers, as well as cultural associations and foundations and other stakeholders, who discussed how to measure the impact of this remarkably dynamic and innovative sector.

  4. 30 May 2012

    Six companies have been awarded the 2012 European code of conduct for data centres prize for the innovative technologies adopted to improve the energy efficiency. They are: IBM (27 data centres in 15 countries), Google (data centre in St. Ghislain, Belgium), the Datacenter Group (Amsterdam), R-iX, Intermax, and Hoogendoorn IT Services (Spaanse Kubus in Rotterdam) and Migration Solutions Ltd (Norwich, UK).

  5. 12 Jun 2008

    On 21 May 2008 the European Root Certification Authority (ERCA) celebrated the performance of the 50th key certification session provided to Member States and other associated countries in the context of the European legislation on the digital tachograph system.

  6. 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.

  7. 24 Mar 2014

    e-Health deployment in European hospitals has increased slightly over the period 2010-2013. The gap between best performers (mostly Nordic countries) and less advanced countries (mostly Eastern European countries and Greece) in hospital e-health deployment has narrowed (from 42% in 2010 to 34% in 2013). Medical professionals actively use e-health functionalities once available.

  8. 23 Jun 2010

    The Enterprise Search Solution (ESS) market, a digital services market for the easy retrieval of information within organisations, was worth 831 million Euros in 2008 and has the potential to grow between 10% and 15% every year until 2013, according to a new report published by the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). The catalytic effect on other markets brought about by this growth is likely to be significant. The report titled, "Economic Trends in Enterprise Search Solutions", highlights how this technology is key to increasing the competitiveness of the digital economy as it renders business more efficient particularly in data-intensive companies. The report reviews the techno-economic developments in the ESS and forecasts a further consolidation of existing ESS actors. In addition, technical and business alliances involving major European players are also likely to occur, allowing for the pooling of resources for R&D on promising technologies.

  9. 21 Dec 2012

    The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector is one of the most research intensive sectors in the EU economy, meaning that it has a high ratio of Research & Development (R&D) expenditure if compared to its value added (its revenues less materials and services purchases). This is one of the main findings of a new report by the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), which also highlights that with a ratio of 5.3% in 2009, the R&D intensity of this sector was more than four times the average of all business sectors in the EU (1.2%).

  10. 17 Jun 2011

    Three out of four Europeans accept that sharing data online is now part of everyday life, but worry about how companies might use their information. It is one of the key findings of a new Eurobarometer survey on data protection and electronic identity, commissioned by the JRC together with the Directorates-General for Justice and Information Society and Media.