Environment Agency 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 environmental information to policy making
agents and the public.
European Environment Information
and Observation Network (EIONET): EIONET is a collaborative
network of the European Environment Agency and its Member Countries,
connecting National Focal Points in the EU and accession countries,
European Topic Centres, National Reference Centres, and Main Component
Elements. These organisations jointly provide the information
that is used for making decisions for improving the state of environment
in Europe and making EU policies more effective. EIONET is both
a network of organisations and a electronic network (e-EIONET).
"The INSPIRE Directive (2007/2/EC) entered into force in May 2007, establishing an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe to support Community environmental policies, and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment."
Eurostat: Eurostat’s mission is to provide the European Union
with a high-quality statistical information service
European Pollutant Emission
Register (EPER) and European Pollutant Release and Transfer
Register (E-PRTR): National governments of all EC Member States
are required to maintain inventories of emission data from specified
industrial sources and to report emissions from individual facilities
to the European Commission. The reported data will be made accessible
in a public register (EPER), which is intended to provide environmental
information on major industrial activities. E-PRTR is the European
Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, which will succeed the
EPER. It is based on Regulation (EC) No 166/2006 and is intended
to fully implement the obligations of the UN-ECE PRTR Protocol,
which was signed in May 2003 by 36 countries and the European
Community. The obligations under the E-PRTR Regulation extend
beyond the scope of EPER mainly in terms of more facilities included,
more substances to report, additional coverage of releases to
land, off-site transfers of waste and releases from diffuse sources,
public participation and annual instead of triennial reporting.
The first reporting year under the E-PRTR will be the year 2007
and respective information will have to be reported by Member
States in June 2009. The Commission will publish the data in autumn
Civil participation, openness and access to documents: Article 15 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (ex Article 255 of the Treaty establishing the European Community), implemented through Regulation 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001, grants a right of access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents to any Union citizen and to any natural or legal person residing, or having its registered office, in a Member State.