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Commission proposes to review European Environment Agency Regulation

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to amend the Regulation governing the operations of the European Environment Agency, based in Copenhagen.

The proposal is accompanied by a report on the first four years of the Agency's activities, in which the Commission acknowl...
The European Commission has adopted a proposal to amend the Regulation governing the operations of the European Environment Agency, based in Copenhagen.

The proposal is accompanied by a report on the first four years of the Agency's activities, in which the Commission acknowledges the promising results from the EEA's work. Examples of this include information on air pollution, water issues, land cover and the 1995 reports entitled "Europe's environment: The Dobris assessment" and "Environment in the EU".

In order to build on this work, the Commission is proposing to reaffirm the Agency's existing mandate and tasks, and develop cooperation between the EEA and itself. In addition, it describes in more detail certain tasks where the EEA's participation could be strengthened. These tasks will include support for the implementation of Community environmental legislation and diffusion of information on environmental research of relevance to policy-makers. In particular, the Agency should develop into a European Reference Centre - a one-stop-shop for environmental information and data with modern Internet-based communications to facilitate access from across Europe.
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