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 commprehensive 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, UN bodies, the scientific community, the private sector and civil society.
Cooperation with government bodies and research institutions in the European Environment Information and Observation Network (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 European Topic Centres, 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 wellestablished 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.