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Joint Research Centre

The JRC provides independent, evidence-based knowledge and science, supporting EU policies to positively impact society. 


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Research and innovation

The JRC plays a key role at multiple stages of the EU policy cycle. It contributes to the overall objective of Horizon Europe.

We work closely with research and policy organisations in the Member States, with the European institutions and agencies, and with scientific partners in Europe and internationally, including within the United Nations system.

The core strengths we offer are anticipation, integration and impact.

  • Anticipation focuses on what is coming at us, beyond the latest crisis, and being able to provide the scientific underpinning for future policy initiatives.
  • Integration means enhancing our ability to build links between the different scientific and policy areas inside the Commission and beyond, since the challenges we face are so complex that one single area of science can rarely provide all the necessary answers.
  • Last, but not least, impact is about assisting policymakers to track and assess the impact of their policies.

Originally established under the Euratom Treaty, a proportion of our work is in the nuclear field.

In addition, the JRC offers scientific expertise and competences from a very wide range of disciplines in support of almost all EU policy areas.

As described in our JRC Revitalising Strategy 2030, we organise our work in 33 portfolios.

Mission statement

Plans and reports

Commission work programme - overview of institution-wide deliverables for current year.

Strategic plan - department strategy, objectives for 2020-2024.

Management plan - department forecasted outputs, activities, resources for current year.

Annual activity report - department achievements, resources used during previous year.

JRC Work Programme 2023 - 2024 -  information about the work, aim and objectives of the JRC.

Leadership and organisation

Joint Research Centre - Organisation chart
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1 JUNE 2023
Members of the JRC Board of Governors


Joint Research Centre

Joint Research Centre
Phone number
+32 2 299 11 11 (Commission switchboard)
Postal address
European Commission, Rue du Champ de Mars 21, 1050 Brussels, Belgium