JRC News

  1. 14 Dec 2009

    The level of innovation in regions varies considerably across almost all EU countries. This is one of the main findings of the 2009 Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS), published today by the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), together with the Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry and the Maastricht University (MERIT).

  2. 12 Jan 2012

    The prices of agricultural commodities are expected to stay firm over the medium term, according to a new report published by the European Commission.

  3. 9 Sep 2010

    The 2010-2011 Global Competitiveness Report released today by the World Economic Forum (WEF) examines the factors enabling 139 national economies to achieve sustained economic growth and long-term prosperity. Switzerland tops the overall rankings, the United States falls two places to fourth position, overtaken by Sweden (2nd) and Singapore (3rd), after already ceding the top place to Switzerland last year. The report is based on the Global Competitiveness Index, which has been subject to a rigorous robustness assessment by JRC scientists.

  4. 15 Oct 2010

    The JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) has carried out an independent assessment of the Rule of Law Index™ 2010 produced by the World Justice Project (WJP). The Rule of Law Index™ is a thematic composite indicator that aims to gauge nations’ efforts in delivering the rule of law to their citizens in 35 countries world wide.

  5. 5 Nov 2009

    Improving tax procedures for cross-border trading of securities could raise European GDP by more than 37 billion Euro over a ten-year period. This is the key finding of a study jointly carried out by the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) and the Commission's Directorate General Internal Market and Services which analyses the costs and benefits of the proposals made by the EU Clearing and Settlement Fiscal Compliance Experts Group (FISCO) for improving and simplifying withholding tax relief procedures.

  6. 25 Nov 2009

    Despite a general improvement in education and training performance in the EU, progress is too slow, which means that the majority of the reform targets set for 2010 will not be reached. This is the main conclusion from the 'Commission Progress Report towards the Lisbon Objectives in Education and Training - Indicators and Benchmarks 2009'. This annual report, co-authored by scientists of the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) - Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning (CRELL), looks at Member States' progress towards five key benchmarks in education and training for 2010.

  7. 26 Sep 2007

    On 25 September, the European Commission has adopted the final report of the competition inquiry on the business insurance sector. The report builds on the interim report of January 2007 which summarized the information jointly obtained by the Commission's Competition DG and the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) through an analysis of responses to questionnaire-based surveys of some of the major participants in the EU insurance market.

  8. 7 Feb 2008

    Scientists of the JRC Institute for Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) have recently authored a book on sensitivity analysis, a discipline that plays a key role in scientific modeling. Sensitivity analysis is the study of how the variation in the output of a model can be apportioned, qualitatively or quantitatively, to different sources of variation.

  9. 24 Nov 2008

    The Academic Ranking of World Universities carried out annually by Shanghai's Jiao Tong University (SJTU) has become a reference for scholars and policy makers in the field of higher education. However, a recent study by the JRC has cast doubt on the substance of statistics upon which the ranking is based. The study, carried out by researchers at the Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning based on indicators and benchmarks (CRELL) and published in September, asks whether the Jiao Tong ranking serves its intended purpose and compares it with the most widely cited European alternative, Britain's The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).

  10. 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.