I. EEA mission statement, vision and strategic objectives
The European Environment Agency 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 policy-makers, public institutions and the public.
The EEA vision is to become recognised as the world’s leading body for the provision of timely, relevant and accessible European environmental data, information, knowledge and assessments.
The core objective of the EEA 2009 -2013 strategy is to continue to produce European and regional environment–related data and indicator sets, integrated environmental assessments and thematic analyses in order to provide a sound decision basis for the EU and member countries’ environmental policies.
The EEA’s 8 key strategic objectives
- support the development and implementation of European environment policies and related areas;
- monitor the effectiveness of environmental policies of the EU and the EEA member countries as well as the candidate countries other than those already EEA member and potential candidates
- support the monitoring of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy focusing on core environmental issues;
- undertake integrated environmental assessments and analyses of the 6th Environment Action Programme and EU Sustainable Development Strategy, themes, early warnings and futures studies linked to changes in societal and economic structures;
- provide access to more regularly updated information and where possible near real-time data, through the shared environmental information system;
- anticipate new ideas and thinking especially about ecosystem services, resource use and emerging technologies and innovations and behavioural changes;
- develop new web-based services; and
- help ensure through effective communications and information services, that environmental thinking be brought into the mainstream of decision-making and the daily lives of European citizens
The annual work programme will be undertaken with Eionet partners (national focal points, national reference centres and European Topic Centres) , co-operating countries and a wide range of partner institutions, including the European Commission’s Directorate Generals, government departments and agencies, international conventions and UN bodies, the scientific technical and research communities, private sector and civil society, in order to assure the relevance and quality of the data, information and analyses that we provide.
II. Key activities for 2012
The 2012 annual work programme is for the fourth year of the EEA strategy 2009-2013 and is based on an overall budget of 41,627kEuro and 207 staff. The EEA’s activity based budgeting is applied via six major environmental themes, ten cross-cutting themes, five areas of integrated environmental assessment and cross-agency programmes. In 2012 it is foreseen that the EEA will be changing its financial and accounting system to the EC developed ABAC.