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 wake of the global economic and financial crisis, strengthening Europe's competitiveness and stimulating investment to create jobs is one of the top priorities for the European Commission. The JRC supports the policy of sustainable growth in areas such as the circular economy and regional competitiveness, as well as carrying out research on aspects of economic policy.
In order to make the EU's single market fit for a digital age, the European Commission is committed to tearing down existing barriers ensuring citizens can access goods and services and easing the regulatory walls facing companies and start-ups. The JRC supports these policies through its research in the areas of surveillance and cybersecurity, as well as analysing the current online services market
Secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy is a key priority of the European Commission, as its role during the Paris climate conference (COP21) clearly demonstrated. The JRC carries out research in the areas of energy efficiency, low-carbon economy and sustainable transport and fuels in support of Commission's transition to a secure, competitive and low-carbon economy.
The Single Market is an engine for building a stronger and fairer EU economy and the European Commission's work in this area will lead to more integration, better worker mobility and ensure fair taxation. The JRC expertise in standardisation and harmonisation supports the foundation of the internal market, and also supports the Commission by carrying out fitness checks for a variety of industrial sectors.
In order to preserve the stability of the Euro and to enhance the convergence of economic, fiscal and labour market policies across the EU, the European Commission is continuing its work on banking union as well putting forward a European Pillar of Social Rights. The JRC monitors Member State economies in the context of the European Semester, develops models in support of banking union, and contributes to social impact assessments.
In the modern global economy trade is essential for growth, jobs and competiveness, and the EU is committed to maintaining an open and rules-based trading system.
The EU is not simply a common market for goods and services and therefore the European Commission is working towards making life easier for Europeans who live, work or study in other EU countries by building bridges between the different national legal systems, as well as continuing to combat smuggling and cybercrime. The JRC works in the areas of antifraud, transport safety and security, and cybersecurity in support of Commission policies in this area.
The European Commission's agenda on migration sets out a European response combining internal and external policies, making the best use of EU agencies and tools and involving all actors; EU countries and institutions, international organisations, civil society as well as partners outside the EU. The JRC supports the Commission in its work in this area through its research on crisis management, surveillance, transport safety and security and antifraud.
Building on its strong record of international cooperation, the EU needs a strong common foreign policy to anticipate events early and identify common responses. In bringing together more effectively its different policies and tools that contribute to Europe's external action, the European Commission can respond to global challenges and project its values worldwide. The JRC carries out research in support of such policies in the areas of global safety and security, crisis management, disaster risk reduction and monitoring natural and man-made hazards.
The European Commission is committed to making the European Union more democratic and bringing it closer to its citizens, as well as building on its relationship with the European Parliament and working closer with national parliaments. The JRC contributes to a Commission built on transparency and openness through its open data policy and its role as the scientific and knowledge service of the Commission.