EU Science Hub

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The JRC’s expertise in remote sensing technologies allows for the monitoring of physical, chemical and biological systems of the Earth, to support crisis management and better maritime awareness.

The JRC carries out research to foster the development of internationally accepted harmonised methods and standards for remote sensing.

The JRC supports efforts to reduce the human casualties and economic and societal impacts of earthquakes and tsunamis. Studies are done on methodologies to increase the safety of buildings, namely with the creation of European standards for construction, while a tsunami modelling system allows the estimation of tsunami wave height and travel time.

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The JRC provides scientific policy support to DG Trade by performing Input-Output analysis oriented to quantify the numbers of jobs and value added in the EU associated to the EU Exports to the world.

Digital Single Market

Online services trade in the EU Digital Single Market

The creation of a borderless Single Market for trade in goods, services, capital and labour has been a major objective ever since the start of the EU. This objective has been extended to online markets and the achievement of a borderless Digital Single Market has become a policy priority for the current European Commission.

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The JRC supports the Commission’s strategy to protect ecosystem services and halt the loss of biodiversity, by carrying out activities including research on marine-based, water-based and soil-based biodiversity as well as extrapolating its expertise to the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. 

The JRC has developed the European Community Urgent Radiological Information Exchange (ECURIE) system and the automatic European Radiological Data Exchange Platform (EURDEP) to support efforts in the area of nuclear emergency support.

The JRC are experts in emergency information exchange, including in the area of nuclear science which is important to rapidly and accurately interpret and evaluate the consequences of the results being measured.

Since the economic downturn, unemployment is reaching unprecedented levels. According to Eurostat, in July 2013, the unemployment rate in the EU was 11%, amounting to almost 27 million men and women unemployed. Furthermore, unemployment is hitting more severely some groups such as young people, migrants and people with lower skills. In July 2013, the youth unemployment rate in the EU was 23,4%.

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Energy efficiency research at the JRC focuses on technology deployment and market uptake, and encompasses a broad range of activities which includes the European Energy Efficiency Platform, the Covenant of Mayors, the Building Design Competition, and the EU Codes of Conduct for ICT.

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