Over the last seven years, the Global Innovation Index (GII) has established itself as a leading reference on innovation. The GII was submitted, for the fourth consecutive year, to an independent statistical audit by the JRC.

The JRC-COIN was invited at the 4th Gender Summit Europe 2014, hosted by the European Commission, to discuss the JRC validation of the IUCN's Environment and Gender Index. The JRC has worked iteratively with the EGI developing team in order to arrive at an index that meets international quality standards.

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A recent study, co-authored by the JRC and the Directorate General on Regional and Urban Policy, aims at measuring the area-specific poverty in the European Union (EU). The results indicated that the EU regions are strongly diversified with respect to poverty, hence relying only on country level estimates of poverty in the EU countries may be highly misleading.

JRC analysis and modelling work on the Europe 2020 Index and on the EU Human Development Index (EU HDI) have fed into the 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion, released by the European Commission.

On June 2014, the World Economic Forum (WEF) launched the latest edition of its Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report in Brussels. The JRC was asked to contribute an extended box to the WEF report, on the basis of joint work between the JRC and the Directorate Genederal on Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) on the Europe 2020 strategy.

The JRC was invited at the 3rd Forum d’Avignon Ruhr – Innovation is Passion to comment on Evaluating Creativity-related issues during a panel discussion. The Forum d’Avignon is a dedicated to culture think tank on the links between culture and the economy, suggesting subjects for reflection at global, European and local levels.

ENCATC, the European network on cultural management and policy*, launches the call for applications for the 3rd ENCATC Research Award on Cultural