We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The JRC partnered with EUROCARERS to launch a new online database of digital services for carers of older people to assist carers in fulfilling their activities.
The European Commission has adopted the JRC's first Work Programme for 2014-2015 under Horizon 2020, the new EU strategy to boost research and innovation. The programme is aligned with the European Union's policy priorities, such as overcoming the economic crisis, encouraging the use of renewable energy and tackling climate change.
A high-level JRC roundtable on efficient buildings was organised today as a follow-up to the 26 March event for scientific support to growth and jobs in the areas of efficient buildings, vehicles and equipment. Today the participants deepened the dialogue on efficient buildings, discussing initiatives, financial aspects and the link between technology, policy and behaviour.
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.
An EU-27 survey of intermediary organisations operating on the education, social and employment sectors and providing IT training has produced a first ever assessment of the e-Inclusion intermediary sector. It accounts for a total of 250,000 organisations, or one e-Inclusion actor per every 2,000 inhabitants. One in two employs 10 staff or less and operates on a budget smaller than €100,000. Half of the e-Inclusion actors go further and offer employment–related training. And for two out of three, local government funding is the main financial resource.
The JRC formally launched the Danube Innovation Partnership at a kick-off meeting on 29 October in Bucharest, Romania. The Partnership gathers universities and research centres, technology transfer offices, local and national governments from 14 countries, as well as European stakeholders. It is an integral part of the JRC's Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy initiative, which seeks to improve the economic development across the region and boost growth and jobs through better policy making and funding.
A map with around 1700 fishing ports in the EU, indicating the relevance of fishing activities in terms of employment, has been published in a recent JRC co-authored article. This study fills in the gaps of available socio-economic data for fisheries at local level, and expands possibilities to perform regional analyses in support of the new Common Fishery Policy.
New services can vitalise the economy, as they generate jobs and growth, and the services sector accounts already for about two thirds of employment and GDP in Europe. Innovation in this area can be driven by the exploitation of new technologies, new markets or new organisational structures.