The political and institutional context in which the JRC operates has evolved significantly in recent years. Rapid technological developments especially in biotechnology and the information society are changing our society with new demands on policy-makers simultaneously to protect the citizen and ensure competitiveness in a global economy.
Crises in consumer confidence and the growing impact of technology on day to day life have placed the onus on policy-makers throughout Europe and the world to secure reliable scientific input throughout the whole policy process.
This encompasses the ability to respond rapidly in the event of unforeseen circumstances and to take a more responsible view of potential longer-term impact of science and technology developments. The development of common European systems of scientific and technical reference, as foreseen in the ERA, is an important step in this direction.
With the implementation of the JRC’s refocused mission to support EU policies, the Framework Programme represents a new chapter in how the JRC will perform its activities. On its own, the JRC cannot be expected to cover the whole spectrum of scientific and technical support needed in such a context. Three characteristics permeate its proposed work programme: (i) concentration, (ii) openness and networking and (iii) customer-orientation. Appropriate instruments will be set up to meet those objectives with particular attention to the clustering of projects contributing to specific policy areas.
The JRC, as the in-house RTD service of the Commission, will
The thrust of the JRC’s support to EU policies lies in the provision of technical support on issues related to environmental protection, safety and security of the citizens and sustainable development. This includes risk assessment, testing, validation and refinement of methods, materials and technologies to support a whole gamut of policies ranging from safety of food products, chemicals, air quality, water quality, nuclear safety, to protection against fraud. Almost all this support will be carried out in close collaboration with laboratories and research centres in Member States and elsewhere. To achieve this, the JRC has refocused its non-nuclear activities upon two core areas, supported by horizontal competencies:
The core areas will be complemented by horizontal activities as follows:
The indicative budget allocated to Policy support and anticipating scientific and technological needs for the duration of FP6 is € 555 million
Current & previous activities