JRC Directorate General is an integral part of the European Commission. It provides independent scientific and technical advice to the Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and EU Member States in support of European Union (EU) policies. Its main aim is to help to create a safer, cleaner, healthier and more competitive Europe. Its seven scientific institutes carry out research of direct concern to EU citizens. It provides technical know-how both directly and through coordinating and contributing to numerous broader networks linking industry, universities and national institutes. The JRC is playing an important role in helping establish the European Research Area (ERA).
Adoption of first JRC Work Programme under Horizon 2020
The European Commission has adopted the JRC's first Work Programme for 2014-2015 under Horizon 2020, the new EU strategy to boost research and innovation. The programme is aligned with the European Union's policy priorities, such as overcoming the economic crisis, encouraging the use of renewable energy and tackling climate change.
The new Work Programme guarantees that independent and reliable scientific advice will continue to be available to help the European Commission address the challenges it faces in the following domains: Economic and Monetary Union (EMU); single market, growth, jobs and innovation; low-carbon economy, environment and resource efficiency; agriculture and global food security; public health, safety and security; and nuclear safety and security.
In addition, the JRC will further develop a multi-disciplinary and cross-sectorial approach to provide comprehensive scientific advice on complex issues. It will also continue to reinforce its cooperation with key partners such as the other EU institutions, Member States, the scientific community and industry stakeholders.
Horizon 2020 is the European Union's new programme for research and innovation funding for the period 2014-2020. It is the largest funding programme to date and will support the work of researchers, universities and businesses to broker breakthroughs and bring innovations for solutions to Europe's societal challenges and for strengthening its competitiveness. As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre has a key role to play in Horizon 2020, with an overall objective of providing scientific and technical support to EU policies, while flexibly responding to new policy demands.
JRC Work Programme