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.
In the framework of the Common Fisheries Policy, scientific advice is used as a basis for Commission proposals to the Council and the European Parliament. The Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) is consulted at regular intervals on matters pertaining to the conservation and management of living aquatic resources, for their biological, economic, environmental, social and technical aspects. The European Commission is required by regulation to take into account the advice from STECF when presenting proposals on fisheries management. The JRC assures the coordination of the STECF advice process which involves about 25 STECF meetings annually that are attended by about 400 invited external experts.