JRC News

  1. 5 Jun 2014

    Following the slogan of today's World Environment Day – Raise your voice not the sea level – the JRC has presented its activities on circular economy at the Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy which ends today.

  2. 18 Nov 2010

    A new study published today by the JRC shows that the video games industry is leading the overall trend of transformation of digital products into e-services. The report, entitled "Born digital/ Grown digital – Assessing the future competitiveness of the EU video games software industry" focuses, among others, on two segments: online and mobile video games. It analyses their software industry, growth potential, value chain, business models and current evolution. It outlines major emerging technologies, investigates their disruptive potential on the market and analyses their contribution to the competitiveness of the European ICT industry.

  3. 27 Nov 2008

    The European Commission has adopted a staff working document entitled "The use of ICT to support innovation and lifelong learning for all - A report on progress", that describes how e-learning has developed in Europe since the year 2000 and assesses the impact of ICT on schools and higher education.

  4. 25 Mar 2011

    European universities with the greatest financial autonomy (i.e. the capacity to allocate funds internally) have the most diversified sources of income. This makes them less dependent on a single income stream and therefore less vulnerable to cuts in government funding.

  5. 23 Apr 2009

    The JRC has published a report on possible additional policies aimed at improving the environmental performance of buildings. Authored by Andreas Uihlein and Peter Eder of the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), the report assesses the various barriers to energy efficiency and looks at measures necessary to overcome them.

  6. 8 Jul 2008

    The European Commission today put forward a package of new "Greening Transport" initiatives to steer transport towards sustainability. First, a strategy to ensure that the prices of transport better reflect their real cost to society, so that environmental damage and congestion can gradually be reduced in a way that boosts the efficiency of transport and ultimately the economy as a whole. Second, a proposal to enable Member States to help make this happen through more efficient and greener road tolls for lorries, with the revenue to be used to reduce environmental impacts from transport and cut congestion. Third, a communication to reduce noise from rail freight. The package also includes an inventory of existing EU measures on greening transport and a communication on the additional greening transport initiatives that this Commission will take before the end of 2009.

  7. 22 Nov 2007

    The European Commission has presented today the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). Low carbon technologies will play a vital role in reaching Europe's energy and climate change targets. The main goal of the SET-Plan is to accelerate the development and implementation of these technologies. The JRC is supporting the SET-Plan establishment and development in particular by providing technology and capacity mapping.

  8. 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.

  9. 20 Jul 2008

    Starting Friday, July 18 in Barcelona, the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2008 features a strong presence by the JRC, with five scientific sessions by JRC scientists as well as a number of high profile science-related communication activities.

  10. 19 Nov 2009

    The rapid growth of web 2.0, or social computing, allows users to play an influential role in the way commercial and public products and services are shaped. The report "The impact of Social Computing on the EU Information Society and Economy", published today by the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), finds that in 2008, 41% of EU Internet users were engaged in social computing activities through Social Networking Sites (SNS), blogs, photo and video sharing, online multi-player games and collaborative platforms for content creation and sharing. This percentage rises to 64% if users aged under 24 only are considered.