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About Eionet

Eionet mission

The European environment information and observation network (Eionet) aims to provide timely and quality-assured data, information and expertise for assessing both the state of the environment in Europe and the pressures and driving forces acting upon it. This enables policymakers to decide on appropriate measures for protecting the environment at national and European level and to monitor the effectiveness of existing policies and measures.

Short description of the Eionet

Eionet is a partnership network of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and its member and cooperating countries. It consists of the EEA itself, six European Topic Centres (ETCs) and a network of around 1000 experts from 39 countries in up to 400 national bodies dealing with environmental information. These experts are the National Focal Points (NFPs) and the National Reference Centres (NRCs).

The Eionet partnership is crucial to the EEA in supporting the collection and organisation of data and the development and dissemination of information. The organisations and individuals in the network are supported by an extensive information technology infrastructure (referred to as e-Eionet).

Through Eionet, the EEA coordinates the delivery of timely, nationally validated, high-quality environmental data from individual countries. This forms the basis of integrated environmental assessments and knowledge that is disseminated and made accessible through the EEA website. This information serves to support environmental management processes, environmental policy making and assessment, and public participation at national, European and global levels.

Detailed information

Eionet connects
A brochure about what Eionet is.
At EEA and Eionet we have to deal with lots of complex subjects and therefore have created our own special language loaded with abbreviations and acronyms. Here their meanings are given. EEA also has a full glossary of all kinds of environmental terms at
Reportnet — Eionet's data reporting system
Reportnet is Eionet's infrastructure for supporting and improving data and information flows. Reportnet is based on a set of inter-related tools which all build on the active use of the World Wide Web. The system integrates different web services and allows for distributed responsibilities. Reportnet has initially been mainly used for reporting environmental data to EEA, but is now also hosting some of DG Environment's reporting tasks. The open and transparent system allows for making deliveries to other national and international organisations.
Historical information
Newsletters sent out between 1997 and 2003, etc.