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JRC mission statement & work programme

Mission statement

The Joint Research Centre provides independent, evidence-based knowledge and science, supporting EU policies to positively impact society.

A trusted partner for policymakers

As a department of the European Commission, we play a key role at multiple stages of the policy cycle. We work closely with other Commission departments, EU institutions and agencies, as well as with scientific partners and policy organisations in Europe and internationally. We offer scientific expertise and competences from a very wide range of scientific disciplines in support of almost all EU policy areas.

Our approach

  • Anticipation: Exploiting the power of foresight and anticipating policy needs
  • Integration: Looking at synergies,trade-offs and gaps between policies
  • Impact: Focusing on the impact of EU policies for the benefit of society

What we offer

  • Scientific excellence: high-quality research accompanied by high standards of scientific integrity and transparency.
  • Anticipation of new challenges and opportunities to prepare policymakers for the complex and interlinked challenges faced by society.
  • Capacity to map, review, analyse and synthesise the best available evidence in support of EU policies.

Crosscutting portfolios

Our new portfolio-based way of working will allow us to better integrate our work across scientific and policy domains to provide coordinated support.

Open for partnership

We will embrace new partnerships across Europe and internationally to broaden the knowledge base and impact of our work to ensure that science delivers for EU policy.

24 MARCH 2023
Joint Research Centre - one pager
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JRC strategy

Our revitalised Strategy 2030 aims to bring added value through our work. We work to anticipate what will be important for EU policies. We integrate science and knowledge into legislation. Our work intends to have positive impact for people in Europe (and beyond).

General publications11 January 2023
Revitalising the JRC Strategy 2030

In this revitalised Strategy 2030, we have sought to reset, re-imagine and re-energise the JRC with a value proposition rooted in anticipation, integration and impact. We offer expanded foresight capacities, a more systemic approach in the frame of cross-cutting portfolios, and support to policymakers to maximise and measure impact. In the spirit of trust, collaboration and transparency, we signal our increased openness to engaging with partners to put science at the service of the European project.

Cover: Revitalising the JRC Strategy 2030
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14 DECEMBER 2022
JRC strategy 2030
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JRC work programme

In our JRC 2023–2024 work programme we support

  • the Commission’s political priorities
  • many initiatives of the Commission 2023 work programme.
  • implementation of the Horizon Europe and Euratom research and training programme.

Our 33 portfolios are the main building blocks of our 2023–2024 work programme. They allow us to better integrate our work across scientific and policy domains. The portfolios help us to maximise support for

  • anticipating new challenges,
  • developing policies and
  • monitoring their implementation and impact.
General publications6 March 2023
JRC work programme 2023 - 2024: Brochure

The document provides information about the JRC work programme 2023-24 and the specific position of portfolios within the structure of the work programme. The document includes 33 individual portfolio sheets that provide information about the work, aim and objectives of individual portfolios.

Front cover of the JRC work programme 2023-2024 brochure
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2 MARCH 2023
JRC Work Programme 2023 -2024: Factsheets
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2 MARCH 2023
JRC portfolio cards
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JRC Annual Report

General publications8 September 2022
JRC Annual Report 2021

The JRC's Annual Report gives an account of the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the JRC’s work carried out in 2021. As well as an overview of scientific achievements and activities, the report includes corporate initiatives and key facts and figures.

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Knowledge and Democracy – Why evidence matters


Ex post evaluation of the JRC activities under Horizon 2020 and Euratom (2014-2020)

General publications18 November 2022
Ex post evaluation of the JRC activities under Horizon 2020 and Euratom (2014-2020)

The high-level panel carrying out the ex post evaluation of the JRC activities under H2020 and Euratom (2014-2020) has delivered its final report. It provides the independent assessment required by the regulations on the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) and on the Euratom Research and Training Programme.

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