EU Science Hub

Information Society

The internet and digital technologies are transforming our world. It is a Commission priority to make the EU's single market fit for the digital age.

The JRC supports the European Commission's agenda by providing evidence which supports policy making. It works closely with policy Directorate-Generals, responds to their questions related to science, outlines the consequences of different policy choices, and identifies alternative policy options.

The JRC also analyses the key challenges linked to the Digital Single Market and assesses policies that could support its creation. 

The purpose of these policies is to help Europe's citizens and businesses get the most out of digital technologies and to foster growth in the wider economy and to help create thousands of jobs.

More specifically, JRC's multi-disciplinary teams carry-out socio-economic and technical analyses relating to the EU Digital Single Market and the Digital Agenda for Europe.

These analyses focus on:

  • how to promote greater access to and use of ICT
  • what are the drivers and consequences of ICT-enabled innovation
  • measuring the impact of digital technology on growth, jobs and consumer welfare in the EU
  • cross-border e-commerce, and copyright in digital media
  • digital competences for innovative and creative learning and skilling
  • influence of ICT on employment/employability, cultural diversity and socio-economic inclusion
  • policies to promote use of ICT for active and healthy ageing