JRC News

  1. 19 May 2010

    The European Commission published on 18 May a report on the progress of Member States in addressing water scarcity and droughts. Despite more rainfall in southern European countries in 2009 than in previous years, greater efforts are still needed to stop and reverse the over-exploitation of Europe's limited water resources. An effective water pricing policy, water efficiency and water saving measures are essential to ensure that Europe has enough good quality water to meet the needs of users and to face the challenges of a changing climate.

  2. 12 May 2010

    The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector is by far the largest investor in private research and development (R&D) in the EU, with 25% of total investment in 2007. According to a new report published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, the ICT sector's leadership is due to its market dynamism, technological innovative capacity and the fact that ICT fosters competitiveness and productivity in the rest of the economy. In 2007, ICT companies employed 32% of the researchers working in the private sector and accounted for 4.8% of GDP in the EU, while in the US the percentage reached 6.4%.

  3. 5 May 2010

    On 4 – 6 May, the JRC is hosting an exhibition of its activities at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels. The exhibition was opened by Vice President of the EP Diana Wallis and EU Research Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, who presented the just published Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region. During the three days, leading scientists from the JRC Institutes demonstrate their work and discuss with Members of the EP and visitors how the JRC's research supports EU decision makers in the conception, development, implementation and assessment of EU policies.

  4. 4 May 2010

    The JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) has published the first Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region bringing together soil data for all the land masses above the latitude of 50° North. The maps describe the major soil types found in this region, together with their principal properties and characteristics, their main forming processes and their use.

  5. 4 May 2010

    More than 500 European mayors are committing today to cut CO2 emissions by more than 20% by 2020. By signing the Covenant of Mayors, they pledge to save energy, foster renewable energy and raise awareness among their citizens. The Covenant of Mayors, an annual conference initiated by the European Commission in 2009, has already more than 1600 signatories in 36 countries representing 120 million citizens.

  6. 3 May 2010

    The May / June edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here. It features an editorial from Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, on the role of research and innovation on the way towards a competitive and dynamic economy.

  7. 3 May 2010

    On April 28-29, the EU Clearinghouse on operational experiences feedback of nuclear power plants organised a kick-off meeting its enlarged composition. Safety authorities from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Slovak Republic officialised their decision to participate to the EU Clearinghouse as observers.

  8. 30 Apr 2010

    As from 1 May, John Bensted-Smith has been appointed Director of the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville, Spain. He has been working within the European Commission since 1983, most recently as Director responsible for International Affairs II, in particular enlargement, at the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development. John Bensted-Smith succeeds Peter Kind, who is leaving the services of the Commission to enter into retirement.

  9. 29 Apr 2010

    The European Commission has published today a Eurobarometer survey showing that an overwhelming majority of Europeans would find it useful to have European legislation on radioactive waste management. Due to the use of radioactive substances and materials also for medical applications and for research, the concern for the safety risk related to radioactive waste is shared both in countries with and without nuclear power plants .

  10. 23 Apr 2010

    Thanks to the success of the BioSoil Demonstration Project, JRC scientists have concluded that large scale monitoring of soil conditions and biodiversity in forests is achievable. This goes part way towards fulfilling the main aims of the project: to provide harmonised soil and biodiversity data EU-wide, to evaluate the methodology of European soil and forest biodiversity monitoring programmes, and to provide a baseline to assess future trends in the soil condition and biodiversity of forests in the EU.