The Joint Research Centre is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. It employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to European Union policy. The portal’s Research section has policy information across ten scientific areas (agriculture and food security, economic and monetary union, energy and transport, environment and climate change, health and consumer protection, information society, innovation and growth, nuclear safety and security, safety and security, and standards). The portal’s Knowledge section has links to the various knowledge and competence centres (e.g. the bio-economy and tools for policy-making), various scientific tools and data sets, and access to the centre’s publications.