Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has been mobilising its extensive analytical, anticipatory and innovative approaches to help fight the pandemic and prepare for a sustainable, inclusive and fair recovery.
JRC experts have played a central role in the early detection of risks; the preparation of guidelines and control materials for more accurate testing; the detailed analysis of economic, social and environmental impacts; and tools to support the recovery, to name just a few.
Achieving so much in such a short time and under unprecedented circumstances says a lot about the adaptability of the JRC.
Indeed, performing in a crisis is only possible if an organisation is driven and robust enough in 'normal times'.
The JRC 2019 Annual Report, now published, provides insight on how the organisation routinely supports the Commission’s political priorities, what its main streams of activities are and what its key accomplishments have been over the year.
In 2019, as in previous years, the JRC fulfilled its science and knowledge functions, working with all Commission services, supporting a wide range of policy priorities to help achieve a more competitive, fair, sustainable and influential Europe:
- Delivering a series of impressive #Facts4EUFuture reports on emerging multidisciplinary issues of strategic importance for the EU and the world;
- Supporting better regulation through impact assessment and evaluation methodologies, as well as modelling and data analysis;
- Asserting itself as a leading organisation in knowledge management for policies, notably launching a new Competence Centre on Behavioural Insights ;
- Applying foresight methodologies to enable anticipatory long-term thinking in policymaking, notably publishing its first Future of Government 2030+ project with policy implications and recommendations;
- Completing the pilot project "Science meets Parliaments, Science meets Regions" to build closer links between scientists and EU policy makers, and promote a culture of evidence-informed policymaking
- Providing direct support to political priorities, for example launching a new European Platform on Rare Diseases Registration; monitoring the rise and impacts of artificial intelligence on our economy and society; helping to fight NO2 pollution in Europe’s cities; assessing the financial impact of EU taxonomy on European equity and bond markets; preventing consumers from being misled by inconsistent food packaging; producing a new edition of the Atlas of Migration; or supporting the fight against forest fires worldwide to name a few.
The publication also provides an overview of activities as well as corporate initiatives, international agreements, facts and figures and resources related to the functioning of the JRC.
- 1 Juli 2020