We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The JRC also supports Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President responsible for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight regarding efforts to strengthen a culture of evidence-based policymaking.
Stephen Quest is appointed Director-General, responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the JRC.
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 JRC is spread across six sites in five different countries within the EU.
The JRC employs over 3000 people, from EU countries and candidate countries to EU membership, who bring their skills, talents, passion and rigour into the scientific activities meant to underpin EU policies.
The JRC budget amounts to approx. €330 million annually for direct support to EU institutions through scientific and technical advice to policy.
Further income is generated by the JRC through performing additional work for Commission services, and contract work for third parties such as regional authorities or industry.
This work complements the tasks outlined in the JRC’s Work Programme 2014-2015 and is an essential tool for acquiring and transferring knowledge and expertise.
The latest figures regarding budget and resources are available in the JRC annual report.