Networks & bureaus

To meet its objectives and deliver high-quality scientific support and results, the JRC has developed lasting partnerships with external entities sharing a common interest in specific research areas. This collaboration is essential for the JRC's work on harmonisation and validation of methods and measurements, establishing common standards, and providing scientific and technical support for the implementation of European legislation.

JRC's networking activities also respond to European policy makers' and EU Member States' increasing demands to establish common scientific reference systems. The JRC collaborates with hundreds of partner organisations in scientific networks worldwide, covering a broad range of fields from climate change and air quality to environmental monitoring of radioactivity and food contact materials.

  1. For those GM crops authorised for cultivation, EU Coexistence policies include technical measures designed to minimise the economic impacts of a mixture of GM and non-GM agricultural supplies, without compromising the economic efficiency of farmers. The JRC, through the operation of the European Coexistence Bureau (ECoB), develops standards of best agricultural practices for coexistence to assist Member States in developing national rules.


    Acronym: ECoB
  2. The European GMO Socio-Economics Bureau's (ESEB) mission is to organise and facilitate the exchange of technical and scientific information regarding the socio-economic implications of the cultivation and use of GMOs between Member States and the Commission.


    Acronym: ESEB
  3. The European Soil Bureau Network's main tasks are to collect, harmonise, organise and distribute soil information for Europe.


    Acronym: ESBN
  4. The JRC supports EU policy regarding GMOs in food and feed at the European Union Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed.


    Acronym: EURL GMFF
  5. The Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) provides scientific advice to the European Commission.  The JRC assures the coordination of the STECF advice process.


    Acronym: STECF