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About the Scientific Advice Mechanism

The High Level Group of the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) provides independent scientific advice to the College of European Commissioners to support their decision making.

The HLG is supported by a secretariat with staff from the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation and the Joint Research Centre.

The SAM HLG works closely with the SAPEA (Scientific Advice for Policy by European Academies) consortium which consists of the 5 European Academy Networks Academia Europaea, ALLEA, EASAC, Euro-CASE and FEAM. SAPEA brings together the outstanding knowledge and expertise of Fellows from over 100 Academies and Learned Societies in over 40 countries across Europe, spanning the disciplines of engineering, humanities, medicine, natural sciences and social sciences.

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Background to the Scientific Advice Mechanism

As announced by President Juncker on 13 May 2015, the European Commission has set up the EC Scientific Advice Mechanism ("SAM") through the EC Decision C(2015) 6946 .

This will contribute to the quality of EU legislation, in line with the Better Regulation agenda.

The Commission was assisted in selecting the experts by an independent Identification Committee. This was carried out in accordance with the SAM Identification Committee Terms of Reference and Statement of Methodology. Their activity report summarises the process and outcomes of the process.

The seven members proposed were appointed by Carlos Moedas, the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, on 10 November 2015.

The core of SAM is the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors, composed of seven highly qualified, specialised, independent experts, appointed in their personal capacity and who act independently and in the public interest.

The Scientific Advice Mechanism will draw on the wide range of scientific expertise in Europe through a close relationship with national academies and other bodies.



Latest Publications

Cybersecurity in the European Digital Single Market  PDF icon 1.6 MB
Publication cover 2nd Scientific Opinion of the SAM HLG Recommendations include making systems more secure, empowering users and strengthening Europe's strategically important cybersecurity industry »»

Closing the Gap  PDF icon 1.5 MB
1st Scientific Opinion of the SAM HLG

Citizen Summary  PDF icon 537 KB
on the 1st High Level Group Scientific Opinion

SAM Background Documents

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