The EEA continued to deliver a major contribution to the European Community's 6th environment action programme in 2005, at the same time as developing further its information systems and networks, providing support to the European Parliament and meetings of the Council of Ministers, and underpinning initiatives in the wider world. The role of the Agency in performing policy effectiveness evaluations was also consolidated.
These achievements were delivered against the backdrop of two notable milestones for the Agency in 2005, namely the publication of the five-yearly state of the environment report and a significant internal reorganisation.
The European Environment — State and Outlook 2005
The Agency, together with its European environment information and observation network (Eionet), began working in 1994 to provide the EU Member States, other EEA member countries and EU institutions with objective, reliable and comparable information on the state, pressures and sensitivities of the environment in the EU and its surroundings. Under its founding Regulation (EEC/1210/90), the EEA is required to 'publish a report on the state of, trends in and prospects for the environment every five years, supplemented by indicator reports focusing on specific issues'.
The European environment — State and outlook 2005 was the third such report produced since the since the EEA was established. It supports strategic environmental programming in the EU and beyond and constitutes a timely input to strategic policy review processes, the most important of which is the mid-term review of the 6th environment action programme scheduled for completion in 2006.
Refocusing on Priority Data Collection and Management Activities
The Agency undertook two reorganisations in 2005 as explained in Chapter 10 of this annual report. The second — and more significant of these — was made in October in order to refocus on priority data collection and management activities. Following discussions on a technical arrangement with the services of the European Commission (the Directorate-General for Environment, the Joint Research Centre and Eurostat) on environmental data centres, the EEA decided upon a reorganisation of its internal resources.
As part of the technical arrangement agreed with the services of the European Commission and endorsed by the Management Board of the EEA, the Agency will continue to assess the full range of environmental issues as specified in its founding Regulation, including policy analysis and economic analysis. Moreover, it will serve as 'data centre' in the following five areas: air pollution, climate change, fresh and marine water, biodiversity and land use. The Agency reorganisation produced a restructuring of the operational programmes to provide greater focus on these five areas.
Meeting the Goals of the Corporate Strategy 2004–2008
Against the backdrop of The European environment — State and outlook 2005 and internal reorganisation of the Agency, the EEA was able to make further progress towards delivering on its strategic goals for 2008. Coming up to the mid point of the corporate strategy 2004–2008, it is important to recall the main strategic goals to be achieved by 2008 as set out in the box opposite.
This annual report for 2005 shows how, by working together with its clients and through partnerships, the Agency has continued to make solid progress against these 10 strategic goals.