Brief description of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and its mission
The European Environment Agency (EEA) was formally established in 1990 by Council Regulation No 1210/90. This regulation was subsequently amended by Council Regulation No 933/1999 and then again by Regulation No 1641/2003 of the European Parliament and the Council. In the interests of clarity and rationality, the regulation was codified by Regulation (EC) No 401/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009. The decision to locate in Copenhagen was taken in 1993, and the EEA has been operational there since 1994.
The EEA aims to be recognised as the world's leading body for the provision of timely, relevant and accessible European environmental data, information, knowledge and assessments.
The EEA aims to:
- be the leading public body committed to providing environmental information to policymakers and the public, to support sustainable development, and to help achieve significant and measurable improvements in Europe's environment;
- assist European Community institutions and EEA member countries to identify, frame, prepare and implement sound and effective environmental policy measures and legislation; and to monitor, evaluate and assess current and expected progress in the implementation and results of such measures;
- establish and coordinate the European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet), based on the infrastructure for collection, analysis, assessment and management of data shared with the European Commission services, EEA member countries and international organisations, agreements and conventions.