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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Questions and answers about SOER 2010

What does 'SOER 2010' stand for?

'SOER 2010' stands for The European environment – state and outlook 2010, the flagship assessment of the European Environment Agency.

Who is SOER 2010 for?

SOER 2010 is aimed primarily at policymakers, in Europe and beyond, involved with framing and implementing policies that could support environmental improvements in Europe. The information also helps European citizens to better understand, care for and improve Europe’s environment.

What geographical area does SOER 2010 cover?

SOER 2010 provides an assessment of the most up-to-date information and data from 32 EEA member countries as well as six cooperating countries in the Western Balkans. It also addresses four regional seas: North-east Atlantic, Baltic, Mediterranean and Black. The 'Europe' addressed in this report is therefore home to around 600 million people and covers about 5.85 million km2.

What is the 'DPSIR' methodology used in SOER 2010?

The EEA assesses the "state" (S) of the environment using the "DPSIR methodology". Namely, the state (S) is the result of specific drivers (D) and pressures (P), positive or negative, which impact (I) the environment. The responses (R) represent the solutions (e.g. policies, investments) for what should then be done to improve or maintain that state. The report also looks at "outlooks" (O) for the state of the environment – namely, what will happen to that state over time (e.g. 2020, 2050) based on various scenarios.

What are the key messages of SOER 2010?

As SOER 2010 is so broad and has so many elements, there are likewise many key messages. A compilation of key messages from the synthesis and Europe-wide thematic assessments can be found on the SOER website Home Page in the ‘Key messages’ box. Additionally, the 'About SOER 2010' document includes a section on 'What does SOER 2010 tell us?'

What are the main elements of SOER 2010?

The SOER 2010 'umbrella' includes four key assessments: (1) a set of 13 Europe-wide thematic assessments of key environmental themes; (2) an exploratory assessment of global megatrends relevant for the European environment; (3) a set of 38 country assessments of the environment in individual European countries; and (4) a synthesis an integrated assessment based on the above assessments and other EEA activities.

What is the SOER 2010 'synthesis'?

The SOER 2010 synthesis provides a report on the state of, trends in and prospects for the environment in Europe – this report integrates the main findings across SOER 2010 core elements.

What are some of the key EU policy areas that impact Europe's environment?

Many policy areas impact Europe's environment, including environmental as well as sectoral and cross-sectoral policy areas.

How can I ask a question?

Please contact the EEA enquiry service at: 


European Environment Agency (EEA)
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1050 Copenhagen K
Phone: +45 3336 7100