Eionet priority data flows May 2009-April 2010

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Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

I would like to present the thirteenth progress report on Eionet priority data flows. The purpose of the priority data flows report is to show progress against agreed, stable, well-defined objectives in order to allow countries to identify and confirm the resources they need for regular reporting procedures.

The progress report aims to encourage countries towards better performance through compétition amicale concentrating on achievements rather than failures.

Progress has again been assessed in the twelve regular priority areas. Information is provided for two additional dataflows: reporting to EEA on near real-time ozone and, for the first time, reporting of emissions to water.

All 32 member countries of the EEA and the six cooperating West Balkan countries participate in the priority data flows exercise — a substantially broader geographical coverage than in other ranking exercises and an aspect which is a key added value of the EEA/Eionet collaboration.

For the second year running, three countries achieved scores of 100 %. My congratulations go to Germany, Austria and Sweden. Latvia and Slovakia were in second place with a score of 98 %. The overall trend continues to be encouraging. Once again several countries increased attention to their reporting and this is reflected in their improved results. Compared to previous years, Liechtenstein, Denmark and Spain have made most progress, followed by the Netherlands and Turkey. More than 60 % of countries have achieved scores of 80 % or above. The average score has risen to 78 %.

Eionet is demonstrating that it is well prepared to play a key role in the implementation of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) with current reporting systems being rapidly modernised towards a network of decentralised systems providing online access to data, managed as close to source as possible while preserving measures to ensure quality.

However there are also worrying signs. This year eight countries failed to achieve a score of 60 % with three of these below 50 %. Only two of these eight countries managed to improve on last years evaluation, so the network cannot be complacent. Countries that are having difficulties with specific data flows are encouraged to discuss their problems with the EEA. Provision of high-quality data by Eionet is fundamental for the EEA to achieve its mission to provide timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-making agents and the public.

Use of Reportnet tools to facilitate data flows has continued to increase during the past year as the European Commission's DG Environment channels more data collection through Reportnet services. The number of data collections with online public quality feedback reports for each delivery is also growing. The EEA will continue to work with national focal points to improve and integrate appropriate common tools further into all priority data flow activities at a national level in order to implement the SEIS principles.

Let me end by thanking Eionet for its continued enthusiasm and support to ensure that Europe’s environmental information is of the highest quality for the public and government uses alike.

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