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-making agents and the public.
The EEA vision is to become recognised as the world’s leading body for the provision of European environmental data, information, knowledge and assessments.
The core objective of the EEA 2009-2013 strategy is to continue to produce European, regional and global 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
EEA’s 2009-2013 strategy and multiannual work programme identifies the following 8 key strategic objectives for this period:
- 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;
- 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, and
- Develop new web-based services to support all the above.
To assure the relevance and quality of the data, information and analyses provided, 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.
II. Key activities for 2013
The 2013 annual Work Programme is the fifth and last year of the EEA’s 2009-2013 strategy and multiannual work programme. It builds on the work of the previous four years, with the aim of i) completing the existing five-year strategy and multiannual work programme, ii) setting out the basis for the next strategy and iii) developing a longer term vision of how the EEA might best support key policy areas, by identifying the kind of initiatives that would help address the key challenges facing Europe and the world today.