The EEA aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policymaking agents and the public.
The EEA undertakes a comprehensive range of integrated environmental and thematic assessments to support implementation of environmental policies in Europe. These include five-yearly state and outlook of the environment reports, thematic and sectoral assessments, analyses of the effectiveness of policy measures, forward studies; and assessments of the impacts of globalisation on Europe's environment and resources. The EEA is an important source and custodian of environment-related data and indicators, and is a key provider of environmental knowledge and information services.
To achieve its aim, the EEA works in partnership with government departments and agencies, international conventions, United Nations (UN) bodies, the scientific community, the private sector and civil society.
Cooperation with government bodies and research institutions in Eionet, created together with the EEA itself in 1993 by the EEA/Eionet Regulation (EEC) No 1210/90, plays a key role in the Agency's work representing two decades of investing in the creation and sharing of environmental information across Europe. Continued investment in Eionet, including the ETCs, and with the EEA/Eionet cooperation model at its core, remains a centre point for this strategy.
The recent five-year evaluation of the EEA confirmed that the EEA and Eionet are well-established and well-functioning structures, delivering comprehensive and reliable outputs. The EEA will follow the recommendations of the evaluation to ensure it continues to be the most effective and efficient solution to providing credible information on the state of the European environment, in line with its vision.
In line with its MAWP 2014–2018, the EEA, according to its mission, aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvements in Europe's environment, through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policymaking agents and the public.
As acknowledged in the recent independent evaluation, the EEA operates in a complex multi-level and multi-actor governance setting at EU, national and global levels, and also works with research institutes and NGOs. The specific role of the EEA is to support policymaking at the EU level and to build capacity in countries, using Eionet as its unique partnership to generate two-way quality-assured environmental data and information.
The 2014 work programme
2014 was the first year of the new five‑year strategy and MAWP. Therefore, the Annual Work Programme (AWP) 2014 necessarily contained lines of continuity with the previous annual plans along with some new emphases. Across the strategic areas structuring the MAWP 2014–2018, those priorities in 2014 were:
- informing policy implementation;
- assessing systemic challenges;
- knowledge co-creation, sharing and use;
- EEA management.
Within this framework, and in addition to its regular ongoing activities and specific work for the EU Presidencies of Greece and Italy, major priorities included:
- the development and finalization of SOER 2015;
- Green Economy, Resource Efficiency and Waste.
Achieving annual goals
The goal at the EEA is to provide European decision-makers and citizens with access to timely and relevant information and knowledge, to provide a sound basis for environmental policies, to help answer citizens' questions about the environment as it affects their daily lives, and to ensure that environmental thinking and education is brought into the mainstream of decision-making.
The 2014 AWP was undertaken with Eionet partners (NFPs, NRCs and ETCs), cooperating countries, and a wide range of partner institutions, including the European Commission's Directorate Generals, government departments and agencies, international conventions, UN bodies, the scientific technical and research communities, the private sector and civil society, in order to assure the relevance and quality of the data, information and analyses that we provide.
Eionet is a partnership network of the EEA and its member and cooperating countries. It consists of the EEA itself, 6 ETCs and a network of around 1 500 experts from 39 countries in up to 400 national bodies dealing with environmental information. These experts are designated as NFPs and NRCs.
Annual report 2014
This annual report for 2014 is structured in line with the EEA MAWP 2014–2018 and the Annual Management Plan for 2014.