The JRC is a Directorate-General of the European Commission under the responsibility of Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth & Sport. Its Board of Governors assists and advises the Director-General on matters relating to the role and the scientific, technical and financial management of the JRC.
The Directorate-General's headquarters are located in Brussels, as well as the Policy Support Coordination Directorate. The Resources Directorate has offices at the JRC's sites in Brussels and Geel (Belgium), and Ispra (Italy).
The seven JRC institutes are located on five separate sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. The Institutes are:
The Ispra site management (ISM) Directorate is responsible for the site management and for the nuclear decommissioning, safety, security and protection.