Multiannual Work Programme 2014–2018 - Expanding the knowledge base for policy implementation and long-term transitions

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Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

The Regulation setting up the European Environment Agency and the European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet) (1) came into force in 1993, with the aim of providing the Community and the Member States, and in particular the European Commission, with the objective information necessary for framing, implementing and evaluating sound and effective environmental policies and for keeping the public properly informed on the state of the environment.

In order to achieve these goals, the EEA undertakes a comprehensive range of integrated environmental and thematic assessments to support environmental policy in Europe. These include five-yearly reports on the state and outlook of the environment, thematic and sectoral assessments, analyses of the effectiveness of policy measures, forward studies, and studies on 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 a key provider of environmental knowledge and information services.

The EEA works closely with EU institutions, especially the European Commission (DG Environment, and DG Climate Action in particular, and other DGs relevant for the MAWP), and 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 Eionet plays a key role, 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 Multiannual Work Programme. The recent five-year evaluation of the EEA confirmed that the EEA and Eionet are well.established 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 mission.

EEA mission statement
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.

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