- The European Environment Agency (hereinafter 'the Agency'), located in Copenhagen, was established by Council (EEC) No 1210/90 of 7 May 19901. It is responsible for setting up an observation network that provides the Commission, the Parliament, the Member States and, more generally, the public with reliable information on the state of the environment. This information should, in particular, enable the European Union and the effectiveness of such action2.
- The Agency's 2008 budget amounted to 37,1 million euro compared with 35,1 million euro the previous year. The number of staff employed by the Agency at the end of the year was 123 as compared with 116 the previous year.