The European Commissionís Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a Directorate-General providing independent scientific and technological support for EU policy-making.
It works closely on the development of EU legislation with the policy Directorates-General (DGs), such as the Agricultural, Enterprise, Environment, and
Health and Consumer Protection DGs. Knowledge comes from specific application- and issue-oriented research within the seven JRC Institutes and close co-operation
with over 1000 public and private organisations in 150 networks in Member State and applicant countries. The JRC also liases with non-EU and global scientific
and standard-setting bodies.