Profile: European Environment Agency
European Environment Agency (EEA)
founded in 1993
32 states (the 27 EU states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey)
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union. Its task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. Reports and statistics from the EEA are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public.
The EEA aims to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe’s environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy makers and the public.
The EEA has a Management Board consisting of one representative of each of the member countries, two representatives of the Commission and two scientific personalities designated by the European Parliament. Among its tasks, the Management Board adopts a multi-annual work programme, annual work programmes and annual reports, appoints the Executive Director and designates the members of the scientific committee. The current multi-annual work programme is the EEA Strategy 2004-2008. The Executive Director is responsible to the Management Board for the implementation of the programmes and for the day-to-day running of the EEA.
The Scientific Committee advises the Management Board and the Executive Director. The regulation establishing the EEA was adopted by the European Union in 1990. It came into force in late 1993 immediately after the decision was taken to locate the EEA in Copenhagen. Work started in earnest in 1994. The regulation also established the European environment information and observation network (Eionet). The EEA is responsible for coordinating Eionet and its activities. It works closely for this purpose with National Focal Points, which are mostly environment agencies or environment ministries in the member states. The National Focal Points are responsible for coordinating national networks made up of some 300 environment agencies and other bodies.
EEA is supported in its work by Topic Centres. These include a European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity.
European Environment Agency
Kongens Nytorv 6,
Tel: +45-33 36 71 00
Fax: +45-33 36 71 99
The BfN works primarily with the Topic Centre for Nature and Biodiversity (point of contact in BfN: Department Z 2).