The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) provides comprehensive research and analytical support to the Members of the European Parliament, its parliamentary committees and the European Parliament as a whole. The EPRS philosophy is to provide independent, objective and authoritative information. The service aims to provide a comprehensive research and analysis capacity of the kind to be found in many parliamentary democracies worldwide. In particular, EPRS tries to adapt its analysis to best meet the needs of the Members of the European Parliament.
EPRS was found in 2013, bringing together several analytical and support services for Members of the European Parliament and/or parliamentary committees. Today, the EPRS is organised in four Directorates and three horizontal units (Strategy and Innovation Unit, Linking the Levels Unit and Strategic Foresight and Capabilities Unit).
The main task of the service is to ensure that all Members of the European Parliament are provided with analysis of, and research on, policy issues relating to the European Union, in order to assist them in their parliamentary work.