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.
Verification and detection in safeguarding nuclear material, conformity of information on materials and processes in nuclear forensics, as well as response in nuclear security are based on reliable measurement results with appropriate quality control tools as prerequisite. JRC provides nuclear material measurement standards, nuclear reference measurements and conformity assessment tools to safeguards authorities, industry and the international measurement community. This support includes the development of new reference materials, measurement services as well as development of reference measurement methods and their implementation.
In order to support he EU’s regional policy, aiming to reduce disparities between different European regions, the JRC is developing a model that takes into account a variety of economic and social dimensions of regions such as sectors of the economy, labour market and capital requirement factors as well as government tax-collection process.
Renewable energy sources also play a key role in the transition towards a low carbon economy. In 2020, at least 20% of the EU’s overall energy consumption should come from renewable sources. The JRC collects, harmonises and disseminates EU-wide data on renewable energy resources, such as solar and bioenergy and biofuels.
The JRC has been successfully involved in the design and implementation of the digital tachograph, which became mandatory in 2006 on all newly registered commercial trucks and buses across the EU.
JRC research focuses on the role of agriculture as provider of public goods, on the impacts of rural development policies on all the aspects of rural economies and on the contribution of agriculture to new environmental challenges and green growth.
As the EU relies on science, technology and innovation to secure its present and develop its future, reflecting on and anticipating societal impacts arising from current narratives embodied in EU policy is essential to ensure trust among citizens.
President Juncker’s inaugural guidelines call for deepening of dialogue between society and European institutions, stating that “The social market economy can only work if there is social dialogue” and vowing to be “a President of social dialogue”.
The JRC is carrying out research to assess new and emerging information and communication technologies (ICT) in respect to their impact and associated risks for the European citizen, with the aim to identify ways and measures to protect the citizen against cyber-related threats. This includes data breach exercises, privacy by design technologies, RFID deactivation, and data protection for smart metering systems.
Today in the world millions of shipping containers constantly travel and cross national borders. Cargo containers are considered as a weak link in the supply chain as they can be potentially exploited to defraud customs, introduce illicit cargo and breach security protocols. Within this context, a number of national and international programmes and agreements have been drafted to limit the potential for miss-use of intermodal containers.
The JRC's work on sensitivity analysis and sensitivity auditing is used to ascertain how model results used in impact assessment and elsewhere depend upon the information fed into them, their structure and underlying assumptions.