EU Science Hub

Competence centre on modelling

The Commission makes extensive use of models.

Models are used to assess the environmental, economic, and social impacts of policies.

Models are also used in other phases of the policy cycle, such as policy formulation and implementation, as well as to underpin the EU position in international negotiations.

The Competence Centre on Modelling (CC-MOD)

  • promotes a responsible, coherent and transparent use of modelling to support the evidence base for EU policies.
  • pools the Commission's competencies and best practices in building and using models, further strengthening the credibility of the Commission’s policy analysis.

The competence centre contributes to:


Corporate modelling inventory and knowledge management

CC- MOD operates a Commission-wide modelling inventory - MIDAS - and offers support in the area of baseline scenarios, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis, and social multi-criteria evaluation.

MIDAS allows anyone working on the Commission network to find models in use for policy making in any Commission Service, and to assess their use for specific policy purposes.

MIDAS also captures the links between models and offers access to related data, past and ongoing policy contributions and related publications.

Quality, transparency and sensitivity analysis of models

To help improving quality and transparency, peer-reviews of models used for EU policy making are also organised by CC-MOD. They are carried out by external experts with the involvement of the Commission staff.

CC-MOD also provides services and tools related to sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification.

These tools are increasingly employed in any field of science for the assessment, validation and verification of simulation models.

Guidance and trainings are offered to interested modelling teams, as well as ad-hoc support to Policy DGs on model quality assurance.

To improve the transparency and consistency of policy modelling at the Commission, baseline scenarios in the modelling support for policy will be mapped and compared, in close collaboration with modelling teams and the relevant policy DGs.

Social multi-criteria evaluation of policy options

CC- MOD also offers training on social multi-criteria evaluation (SMCE) and ad-hoc support to DGs for Impact Assessments.

SMCE allows integrating a plurality of technical aspects and social views into ex-ante impact assessment in a coherent and transparent manner.

It provides a methodology which is inter/multi-disciplinary, participatory and transparent.

The Competence Centre will promote the use of multi-disciplinary and integrated modelling approaches.