Created in 1974, the EEB is now the largest federation of environmental citizens’ organisations in Europe. It currently consists of over 150 member organisations in more than 30 countries (virtually all EU Member States plus some accession and neighbouring countries), including a growing number of European networks, and representing some 15 million individual members and supporters. We work on a vast array of environmental issues and our policy officers use experts, scientists, our members, and politicians to work towards developing and protecting environmental policies. Take a look at our Activities section which explains what we work on and what we do, and our EEB Work Programme 2016 for much more detail on our activities this year.
We stand for environmental justice, sustainable development and participatory democracy. Our aim is to ensure the EU secures a healthy environment and rich biodiversity for all.
Our office in Brussels closely coordinates EU-oriented activities with EEB Members at national level around Europe. We also work in coalitions, such as the Green 10 and Spring Alliance,or at a global level through the Global Policies and Sustainability Unit as well as in ad-hoc coalitions with representatives of other interest groups when appropriate.
For further details please consult our Statute clicking on the link. This is the version adopted at the General Assembly meeting in Brussels, on 2 October 2012 (Corporate Identification Nr 0415814848). The text is a free translation into English of the original French text. In the event of any divergence in meaning between the English and French texts, the French text is the legally authoritative one. The version in French will follow shortly.
We work to promote environmental issues on a European and global level and represent the demands of European citizens.
The EEB, set up in 1974, is Europe's largest coalition of grassroots environmental organisations. What makes us stand out is our expert insight on a vast amount of environmental issues; ranging frombiodiversity, to waste, nanotechnology, chemicals, ecolabel, and climate change and many others.
We meet our members regularly in working groups which focus on important environmental issues, and we then work to promote their demands at European and global level. Our policy officers are in almost constant dialogue with the European institutions (Commission, Parliament and Council) and relevant departments of the United Nations (UNDESA, UNEP) and OECD and strive to improve or protect environment laws in Europe and beyond.
The EEB also supplies quality information to the public, its members and the European institutionsthrough articles, reports and papers. We offer expert comment, analysis and recommendations on most of the latest environmental issues.
What is also unique about us is our cross-sectoral approach to tackling issues. For instance, as a lead member of the Spring Alliance we work alongside trade unions and social organisations to promote sustainability. On a more ad-hoc basis we also work with companies and sectoral organisations, particularly in areas of waste and product policy.
Metamorphosis, our magazine, offers the latest news and insights on EU environmental law; sign up to receive a free copy every 3 months. Also check out the latest issue of The Switch, our monthly e-letter from the Global Policies and Sustainability Unit - or subscribe here. Both can be found on our front page, in the Activities box.
The EEB is a member of the INGO Accountability Charter; a commitment of international NGOs to a high standard of transparency, accountability and effectiveness. EEB reports are available on the INGO website.
Prosperity and Peace is secured for all, which depends on a rich, clean and healthy environment. Responsible societies respect the carrying capacity of the planet and preserve it for future generations, including its rich biodiversity. Effective environmental policies and sustainable development have priority over short-term objectives that only serve the current generation or certain sections of society.
The EEB stands for sustainable development, environmental justice, global equity, transparency, participatory democracy and shared but differentiated responsibilities. It promotes the principles of prevention, precaution and the polluter pays.
The EEB is the environmental voice of its members and European citizens. It focuses on influencing EU policymaking and implementation and assessment of its agreed policies. It aims to be effective by combining knowledge with representativeness, active involvement of its members and coalition building.