The Environment, Employment, and Sustainable Development

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THE ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY IN ENSURING STANDARDISATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION ACROSS EUROPE
Hilary Hillier
BACKGROUND
The European Environment Agency (EEA) was established by the Council of the European Union under Regulation 1210/90 and it is independent of the Commission. The EEA began work on 30 October 1993, the day after it was agreed to site the Agency in Copenhagen, and it was officially launched in Copenhagen on 31 October 1994. The Agency is open to countries which are not members of the European Union, and representatives from both Norway and Iceland (as members of the European Economic Area) already fully participate in the Management Board and other Agency institutions.
MISSION
The main goals of the EEA are to:
• Produce objective, reliable and comparable information for those who frame, implement and develop European environmental policy and for the wider European public.
• Co-ordinate the European Information and Observation Network (EIONET) and publish a report on the state of Europe’s environment every three years.

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