The EEA is providing political decision-makers and the public with information of the state of the environment in Europe. Sweden reuses the information for the assessments of our Environmental quality objectives and when monitoring the impacts of environmental policy.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) was set up in Copenhagen in 1994 after a few years of negotiating. Sweden was one of the countries supporting the establishment and became a member of EEA before entering into the EU.
The European Environment Agency provides sound, independent information on the environment for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public. In close collaboration with European Environmental Information and Observation Network and its 33 member countries, the EEA gathers data and produces assessments on a wide range of topics related to the environment.
The information Sweden is reusing for the assessments of our Environmental quality objectives, and with monitoring the impacts of environmental policy.
Sweden has supplied data and assessments to all EEA’s state of environment reports:
Sweden is involved in all 24 roles of EEA’s EIONET (European Information and Observation Network). 43 experts from eight government agencies participate and the Swedish EPA coordinates the cooperation as National Focal Point for EEA. This function is managed by Ninni Borén and Cecilia Stafsing. The Director General of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Björn Risinger, is the Swedish representative on the EEA Management Board. Between 2003 and 2007 Sweden chaired the management board.
The Swedish EPAs priorities for EEA have been to lessen the burden of reporting of environmental data and to make sure the data reported are used in indicators and assessments. The Swedish EPA has over the years had at least one seconded national expert at EEA working within priority areas of streamlining reporting, biodiversity and climate and presently within IT-developments.