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The EEA is governed by a Management Board and Bureau, with a Scientific Committee in an advisory capacity. The Executive Director is responsible to the management board for the implementation of the programmes and for the day-to-day running of the EEA.

EEA governance
Management Board

The EEA Management Board consists of one representative of each of the member countries, two representatives of the Commission and two scientific personalities designated by the European Parliament. Among its tasks, the management board adopts the multi-annual work programme, the annual work programmes and the annual reports, appoints the Executive Director and designates the members of the scientific committee. 


The Bureau is composed of the Chairperson, up to five vice-chairpersons, one Commission representative and one of the members designated by the European Parliament. The Bureau is entitled to take executive decisions, necessary for the effective operation of the Agency in between meetings of the Management Board.

Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible to the management board for the implementation of the programmes and for the day-to-day running of the EEA.

Hans Bruyninckx is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, taking office on 1 June, 2013. He was born in Schoten, Belgium in 1964. Dr Bruyninckx studied undergraduate and master’s degrees in political science specialising in international relations at Antwerp University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He also completed an additional programme in development studies at the University Catholique de Louvain.

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Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee advises the Management Board and the Executive Director.  It has three major tasks:

  • To deliver an opinion on the EEA multi-annual and annual work-programmes;
  • To give an opinion to the Executive Director for the purposes of recruitment of the Agency's scientific staff;
  • To provide advice and/or opinion on any scientific matter concerning the Agency's activity, which the management board or the Executive Director may submit to it.


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