EEA Environmental Statement 2006

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Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

We are a European Union (EU) body dedicated to providing sound and independent information on the environment. We are a principal source of information for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, as well as for the general public.

Our headquarters are located in one building in central Copenhagen. The number of staff is approximately 140. In addition there are around 30 consultants working in-house. The area of our headquarters is 7 200 m2, and in 2006 we have rented 681 m2 of office space in an other building situated in the neighbourhood.

Membership of the EEA is also open to countries that are not Member States of the European Union. The Agency currently has 32 member countries: the 25 EU Member States together with Bulgaria, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Romania, Switzerland and Turkey. Five west Balkan countries have also applied for membership.

The Agency's main clients are the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the EEA member countries. We also serve other EU institutions such as the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions and the European Investment Bank. Outside the EU framework, the business community, academia, the media, non-governmental organisations and other parts of civil society are also important users of the Agency's information.

The EEA's aim is to help the EU and the Agency's member countries make informed decisions about improving the environment, integrating environmental considerations into economic policies and moving towards sustainability.

To do this we provide a wide range of information and assessments. This covers the state of the environment and environmental trends, together with pressures on the environment and the economic and social driving forces behind them. It also covers policies and their effectiveness. We try to identify possible future trends and problems using scenarios and other techniques.

The information and assessments are published in the form of reports and briefing papers. Briefings and major reports are usually made available in all official languages of the EEA member countries. All EEA products as well as database services can be accessed cost-free through the Agency's website.

The information provided by the Agency comes from a wide range of sources. The main source is the European environment information and observation network (Eionet), a partnership linking some 300 institutions in EEA member and collaborating countries. These include organisations that together comprise the Agency's five European topic centres (ETCs) — centres of expertise — covering water, air and climate change, nature protection and biodiversity, waste and material flows, and terrestrial environment.

Neither the ETCs nor Eionet are covered by the Agency's EMAS registration. The EMAS registration relates only to the Agency's premises in Copenhagen. However, in assessing the environmental aspects of the Agency's activities, business travel paid for by the Agency for non-EEA staff, for example management board members, Eionet partners, ETC representatives and outside experts have been included.

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