The Regulation setting up the European Environment Agency (EEA) and its European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET) came into force in 1990 with the aim of providing the European Union and is Member States with 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 2016, the Commission initiated an evaluation of the EEA and EIONET (see Evaluation Roadmap). The scope of the evaluation covers all the work of the EEA and the EIONET network in the period mid-2012 until end-2016 and will take into account i.e. previous evaluations and resulting recommendations by the Management Board.
The evaluation process will involve consultation in the period May-December 2017 of a wide range of stakeholders through a range of methods, including a public consultation, targeted surveys for selected stakeholders as well as interviews and workshops.
The Commission will produce an Evaluation Report in the 1st half of 2018.