Press releases

  1. 25 Jun 2014

    If no further action is taken and global temperature increases by 3.5°C, climate damages in the EU could amount to at least €190 billion, a net welfare loss of 1.8% of its current GDP. Several weather-related extremes could roughly double their average frequency. As a consequence, heat-related deaths could reach about 200 000, the cost of river flood damages could exceed €10 billion and 8000 km2 of forest could burn in southern Europe. The number of people affected by droughts could increase by a factor of seven and coastal damage, due to sea-level rise, could more than triple.

  2. 15 Oct 2008

    R&D investment by EU companies has increased by 8.8% cpared to the increased R&D investment by US companies of 8.6%, cording to the 2008 edition of the European Commission's annual Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard published today. Three EU companies feature in the top ten: Nokia in 5th place (up from 17th), with an R&D investment of €5.3 billion, Volkswagen in 9th (up from 14th) and Daimler in 10th (down from 5th). The world's biggest investor in R&D in 2008 is Microsoft, with €5.6 billion. Trends show increased sales and profitability for EU companies and for the first time since records began in 2004, R&D investment growth in the EU companies is greater than that of their US counterparts.

  3. 24 Jun 2008

    The Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies has today, 24 June, 2008 released the results of a face-to-face survey with 402 maize farmers in Spain - the largest EU producer (75,148 hectares) followed by France (21,174), the Czech Republic (5,000), Portugal (4,199), Germany (2,685), Slovakia (900) and Romania (350).

  4. 23 Apr 2008

    The Joint Research Centre has opened the Impact Assessment tools website, IA TOOLS, to the public. This online platform provides policy actors and impact assessment practitioners throughout Europe with a repository of guidance, information and best practices for impact assessment of new policies and legislative measures.

  5. 13 Dec 2007

    Today the Joint Research Centre published a report entitled “Assessment of the environmental advantages and drawbacks of existing and emerging polymer recovery processes". The report describes the plastics waste streams generated by different economic sectors in the EU and develops an outlook of the composition of these streams for the coming 10 years. One of the report's most important findings is that it identifies ways in which new and existing technologies could be combined to improve the recovery of waste plastics from the perspective of their environmental and technological performance. The study provides national and European policy makers with useful information on recycling systems and on the evolution of plastics consumption, thereby facilitating good decision making in the field of waste management.

  6. 28 Sep 2006

    The Second International Seminar on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis will bring together for two days experts from around the globe to analyse the impact of "FTA1" on policy and decision making. The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, part of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, is organising this seminar in Seville, Spain, on 28/29 of September.

  7. 23 Aug 2006

    A recent survey of European companies about their R&D investment shows that these companies expect their global investments in R&D to grow by roughly 5% ayear over the next three years. This contrasts with growth of just 0.7% fr R&D investment reported in the 2005 Scoreboard. The European Commission questioned more than 400 companies in ten major industrial sectors about their R&D investment intentions. The survey also gives an insight into other aspects of private companies decisions about their R&D activities, such as the incentives that lead companies to invest in R&D, the factors that lead to a decision as to where their R&D operations are located and the sources of finance. Companies that do not invest in R&D were also asked about their reasons for not doing so.