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.
Online services in the EU are highly fragmented: Europeans surf mostly on US-based websites which account for about 54% of online activity, while activity on EU-based websites accounts for 42%.
Following the Transatlantic Economic Council's decision to promote electric vehicles and smart grid interoperability, on 29 October the European Commission inaugurated a dedicated state-of-the-art laboratory.
In conjunction with the 4th annual forum of the EU strategy for the Danube region, the JRC held its annual event dedicated to the scientific support of this strategy on 27 and 28 October.
155 countries representing around 90% of global emissions have submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) on climate policy to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in preparation of the new climate negotiations to be held in December in Paris.
The JRC and the Global Young Academy today signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) expressing their wish to collaborate on issues of mutual interest related to challenges and topics that have European and global policy relevance.
Deployment of electric vehicles in the EU is gaining momentum: the number of sold cars rose from 760 in 2010 to more than 70 000 in 2014 and the trend continued in the first half of 2015.
Novel, non-animal tools and scientific methodologies show high potential for the assessment of combined effects of chemicals on humans and the environment.
Setting up a long-term strategy beyond existing EU policies, addressing governance of its expanding function and stepping up interaction with the scientific community across the EU are the main recommendations, stemming from an independent panel of experts' evaluation.
On 15 October, the European Commission welcomed new recommendations on how European research and innovation can help improve food and nutrition security around the world.
The World Standards Day, celebrated internationally on 14 October, was designed to raise awareness on the importance of standardisation to the global economy.