This directorate-general provides the Commission with scientific advice and technical support in order to help formulate, implement and monitor a wide range of policies of the European Union. If requested it will advise the Council, Parliament and the member-states.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) also conducts scientific research. In several centres throughout Europe a broad range of topics are researched, most of it focused on areas that respond to the major challenges that face the EU policy makers. Its main areas of research are nuclear energy, economics, sustainable development, security issues and crisis-management and developing common reference materials and measurements.