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10 Jun 2015

EC provides details on new Scientific Advice Mechanism

As announced by President Juncker on 13 May 2015, the European Commission intends to set up a new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM), which is due to become operational in autumn 2015. Its purpose will be to support the Commission with high-quality, timely and independent scientific advice for its policy-making activities, thus also contributing to the quality of EU legislation, in accordance with the Commission's Better Regulation agenda.

The Commission announced further details on the functioning of SAM on 9 June 2015, as follows:

The overall objective of SAM is to ensure that scientific advice given to the Commission:

  • is independent of institutional or political interests;

  • brings together evidence and insights from different disciplines and approaches;

  • takes into consideration the specificities of EU policy making (e.g. different national perspectives and principles of subsidiarity);

  • is transparent.

The Scientific Advice Mechanism will draw on the wide range of scientific expertise in Europe through a close relationship with national academies and other bodies, as well as the expertise of a High-Level Group of Independent Scientists.

SAM will be supported by the European Commission's DG for Research and Innovation. This will facilitate the access of the High-Level Group to scientific evidence available within the European Commission, including key sources such as the Joint Research Centre and EU research funded under Horizon 2020, as well as some EU agencies, and the scientific community at large.

The Scientific Advice Mechanism will become operational in autumn 2015.

For more information:

European Commission - Horizon 2020 News

EC DG Research - Scientific Advice Mechanism



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