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The Joint Research Centre (JRC), one of the Directorates General of the European Commission, carries out research and provides technical know-how in support of European Union (EU) policies. Its status as a Commission service, which guarantees independence from private or national interests, is crucial for pursuing this role.

JRC implements its mission through specific research programmes decided by the Council upon advice from the European Parliament falling under the European Union Framework Programmes for research and technological development. The work is funded by the Budget of the European Union with additional funding from associated countries. The work of the JRC includes customer-driven scientific and technical services for specific Community policies, such as those on the environment, agriculture or nuclear safety. It is involved in competitive activities in order to validate its expertise and increase its know-how in core competencies. Its guiding line is that of 'adding value' where appropriate, rather than competing directly with establishments in the Member States.

Report on the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the JRC work carried out in 1999. An overview is given of the organisational charges, the mission and its implementation, the scientific activities and the relations with the outside world.

The mission of the JRC is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies. As a service of the European Commission, the JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Union. Close to the policy-making process, it serves the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of special interests, whether private or national.

Additional information

Authors: TORELL L, DG-JRC, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19553 EN (2000) 69pp
Availability: Available from OOPEC L-2985 Luxembourg
ISBN: ISBN: 92-828-9372-3
Record Number: 200012868 / Last updated on: 2000-11-21
Original language: en
Available languages: en