European Environment Agency (EEA), agency of the European Union devoted to establishing a monitoring network for the monitoring of the European environment. It is governed by a Management Board composed of representatives of the governments of its 32 member states, a European Commission representative and two scientists appointed by the European Parliament, assisted by a committee of scientists.
It was established by EEC Regulation 1210/1990, as amended by EEC Regulation 933/1999 and EC Regulation 401/2009; and became operational in 1994. It is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Professor Jacqueline McGlade is the current Executive Director of the agency.
As an EU body, member states of the European Union are automatically members; however the Council Regulation establishing it provided that other states may become members of it by means of agreements concluded between them and the EU.
It was the first EU body to open its membership to the 13 candidate countries (pre-2004 enlargement).
As of February 2009 it has 32 members:
As of October 2008, 172 staff members are listed on the EEA's website.
EEA is an active member of the EPA Network
European Topic Centre on Land Use and Spatial Information
The European Topic Centre Land Use and Spatial Information (ETC-LUSI) is an international consortium under contract to the European Environment Agency (EEA). The consortium is led by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and supported by the Spanish Ministry of Environment, Marine and Rural Affaires, the Ministry of Environment of the Government of Andalusia and the Ministry of Environment of the Government of Catalonia from Spain. UAB was also leading the former European Topic Centre on Terrestrial Environment (ETC-TE). ETC-LUSI continues tasks initiated within ETC-TE.
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