European Union partners

Change language
Page Last modified 13 Feb 2018
2 min read
Our information is designed to help policy-makers in various areas to make environmentally sound and consistent policies and decisions. To achieve this, the EEA works closely with EU institutions, i.e. the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. The EEA also cooperates with EU advisory bodies, i.e. the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee, and other European agencies.

Cooperation with EU Institutions

European Commission

EEA's interaction with the European Commission needs to be ensured at the proper points in the policy-making cycle. This is facilitated by a greater trend towards multi-annual work programming in the Commission and the Agency. This offers the opportunity for a greater dovetailing between the EEA Multiannual and Annual Work Programmes (MAWP/AWP) and the Commission’s Annual Policy Strategy (APS) and Commission Work Programme (CWP).

The Directorate General (DG) Environment (DG ENV) as well as DG Climate Action (DG CLIMA) are EEA's main counterparts at the European Commission and providing input in the elaboration of the EEA Annual Work Programme.

The EEA, DG ENV, DG CLIMA, the DG for Research and Innovation, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Eurostat work in close collaboration on the knowledge base for European environment and and climate policy.

As environmental considerations are being more and more integrated in sectoral policies, the EEA also cooperates with other Directorates General of the European Commission, such as Transport and Energy, Research, Agriculture and Regional Policy DGs.

European Parliament

The EEA supports the European Parliament with briefings, workshops, informal meetings and, upon request, participates in hearings. Particular cooperation takes place with the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. The EEA also works together with many of the other 19 Committees, such as the Transport and Tourism, Agriculture and Rural Development and Regional Development Committees.

Council of the European Union

The Council of the European Union is the main decision-making body of the European Union. The Executive Director of the EEA is regularly invited to attend the informal meetings of the environment ministers. Exceptionally, the Executive Director also participates in informal meetings on other policy areas, such as on territorial cohesion under the Portuguese Presidency in late 2007. In addition, the EEA supports the environmental activities of the rotating EU Presidencies by e.g., preparing reports or organising workshops and seminars upon request.

EU advisory bodies

The EEA works together with EU advisory bodies i.e., the Committee of the Regions  and the European Economic and Social Committee, upon their request. This includes participation in conferences, input to their rapporteurs and informal contacts.

Geographic coverage

Document Actions
Filed under: