INSPIRE Knowledge Base


European Environment Agency and European Environmental Information and Observation Network
Mission and Objectives: 
The European Environmenty Agency and its European environment information and observation network (EIONET) aims to provide timely and quality-assured data, information and expertise for assessing the state of the environment in Europe and the pressures acting upon it. THis enables policy makers to decide on appropriate measures for protecting the environment at national and European level and to monitor the effectiveness of policies and measures implemented
Formal Mandate: 
European Commission
Council regulation (EEC) Nr 1210/90 on the establishment of the European Environment Agency and the European environment information and observation network, amended by Council Regulation (EC) nr 933/1999, see also
The principal areas of activity include, as far as possible, all elements enabling to gather the information making it possible to describe the present and foreseeable state of the environment form the points of view of quality, pressures and sensitivity of the environment, including placing these in th econtext of sustainable development. Eionet deals wityh information which can be directly used in the implementation of Community environmental policy. In particular, transfrontier, plurinational and global phenomena are covered. The socioeconomic dimension is also taken into account. The Eionet group leets three times a year with around 70-80 participants.
Eionet is a partnership network of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and its member (31) and participating countries. It consists of the EEA itself, a number of European Topic Centres (ETCs) and a network of around 900 experts from 37 countries in over 300 national environment agencies and other bodies dealing with environmental information. These are the National Focal Points (NFPs) and the National Reference Centres (NRCs). Information technology infrastructure (also called e-Eionet) supports the organisations and individuals in the network.
See also: See also Eionet brochure:

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to cost/benefit analysis of the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    EU27 + EFTA + Balkan countries
    Societal Sector
    public sector
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Coordination of orientation and scoping papers Inspire. Contribution to drafting annexes with dataset specifications and definitions. Coordination role for European environmental thematic data.
    Environmental application domains
    All environmental topics (priority areas: air, water, biodiversity, land, climate change)
    Primary Business
    environmental monitoring and reporting
    INSPIRE Data Themes