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.
During the European Week of Regions and Cities, the JRC launched a new handbook to facilitate the exploitation of its scientific and technical output by regional and city authorities across the EU.
The second product is a new web portal, the territorial dashboard, that provides key indicators on Europe's regions.
The Practical Handbook for Regional Authorities contains advice and short descriptions of what is available from the JRC in terms of knowledge, information and tools to support effective local and regional policymaking.
The handbook is organised in several thematic areas, including energy and transport, environment, research and innovation and crisis management and resilience.
The territorial dashboard offers a full overview of the EU's 276 regions and 1342 sub-regions, with information on 13 domains, from economy to education, from employment to health, from energy to transport.
Data is visualised in a user-friendly way to enable evaluation and comparison of regional performances, and to offer forecasts based on various scenarios.
Beyond the new tools presented, several teams of JRC scientists are participating at the European Week of Regions to showcase their work.
Some of the topics the JRC explores include: how to optimise the use of available funds to boost innovation, inter-regional partnerships for the implementation of the Smart Strategy on Energy and the JRC's impact assessments that have informed some of the analyses included in the Commission's 7th cohesion report launched during the European Week of Regions and Cities.
The JRC's Knowledge Centre for Territorial Policies has actively contributed to these analyses, specifically through the use of macroeconomic models to assess the EU's cohesion policy investments.
The European Commission produces a cohesion report every three years to report on progress towards achieving economic and social cohesion across the European Union. The report relies primarily on data produced by Eurostat, the JRC, EEA, OECD and the World Bank.
Cohesion policy is the EU's main investment policy. Over the course of the 2014-2020 programming period, €349 billion is being invested in a wide range of areas, from urban regeneration and social policy to culture and enterprise support, in order to increase regional economic competitiveness and reduce disparities across the continent.