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The European Environment Agency is governed by a Management Board and Bureau whose members are mandated to act in the public interest. The day-to-day operation of the EEA is the responsibility of the Executive Director and the Senior Management Team. Scientific advice is provided by a Scientific Committee.
Management Board and Bureau
The Management Board is the main decision-making body of the EEA. It plays a key role in overseeing the effective and efficient functioning of the Agency, and ensures that the Agency fulfils its mission and mandate in line with its founding Regulation. The Board is responsible for appointing the main bodies of the Agency, including the Executive Director and Scientific Committee members, and for budgetary and planning affairs, including the adoption of the Agency’s Strategy and its multi-annual work programme, and budget.
The EEA Management Board consists of:
- one representative from each member country;
- two representatives of the European Commission;
- two scientific experts designated by the European Parliament.
The official Management Board and Bureau-related documents (e.g. decision lists, and rules and procedures) are available in the register of public documents. The list of members, including their CVs and declarations of interest, are also available under these pages: Management Board - Bureau.
Our Executive Director
The EEA’s Executive Director, Dr Hans Bruyninckx, was appointed in June 2013, acting as the legal representative of the Agency. Dr Bruyninckx is responsible for all operational matters and staffing issues. He also works with the Management Board to draft the Strategy and the Single Programming Document.
Dr Bruyninckx has worked with European and international environmental policy and sustainable development for the last 20 years.
The day-to-day management of the EEA is the responsibility of Senior Management Team (SMT), composed of the Executive Director, Heads of Programmes, and a scientific advisor.
The Scientific Committee has three major tasks:
- To deliver an opinion on the EEA multiannual 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.
The Committee is composed of independent scientists from the EEA member countries, covering a variety of environmental fields relevant for the Agency's areas of activity. The chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Committee are elected from amongst its members. The total number of members in the Scientific Committee shall not exceed 20 experts. The members are identified through an open selection process and appointed for a four-year term, renewable once.
Scientific Committee members are required to sign a declaration of commitment and a declaration on conflicts of interest on a yearly basis. Declarations of commitment and on conflict of interests are published online in the register of public documents and the scientific committee members page.
- Management board: List of members, CVs and Declaration of interests
- Bureau: List of members, CVs and Declaration of interests
- Scientific Committee: List of members, CVs, Declaration of interests and Declaration of commitment
- Organisational chart
- Code of good administrative behaviour
- Register of public documents