European Commission - Joint Research Centre

About European Commission - Joint Research Centre

The European Commission is the EU's politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

The Joint Research Centre is the Commission's science and knowledge service. The JRC employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.


Research and innovation

  • create, manage and make sense of knowledge to support European policies with independent evidence
  • develop innovative tools and make them available to policy makers
  • anticipate emerging issues that need to be addressed at EU level and understand policy environments
  • share¬†know-how with EU countries, the scientific community and international partners
  • contributes to the overall objective of Horizon 2020
  • conduct Euratom-funded research on nuclear safety and security to contribute to the transition to a carbon-free economy

Of the Commission's 10 political priorities, the JRC contributes to:

Brief Information

Type of Organization
Intergovernmental Organization

Regional Focus