In this Policy Brief, the author explains recent developments in the scientific advice structures that shape EU policy-making, and provides a list of recommendations on how to address their shortcomings.

Societal progress in everything, from the economy to health care, is largely driven by a combination of scientific advancement and governance. Connecting scientific evidence and governance is scientific advice. This advice is crucial for policies to innovate, and to avoid being inefficient, inappropriate or harmful. The EU’s drive towards better regulation, its 2020 strategy for smart growth, and its long-term vision for a knowledge economy all necessitate evidence-based policy-making.