The mission of the IES is to provide scientific and technical support to EU policies. Therefore, and respecting the principle of subsidiarity, support to Member States is not a primary task of the IES. Nevertheless, the Institute carries out a number of activities that are of direct benefit for a specific Member State or a group of Member States. Usually, these activities either follow a direct request from a Member State authority asking the Joint Research Centre to provide its expertise, or take a Member State case study developed together with local partners as an example for solving problems of European dimension.
The following are some examples of the IES delivering support to EU Member States: