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emmabtd Apr 26, 2012 12:12 PM
I am writing my master thesis on need and options for an inspection capacity at the EU level. Is there any communication or report from the EEA on the topic of inspection? Would the EEA be willing to endorse such a role of inspector.?
thanks for your help!
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EEA Apr 27, 2012 02:00 PM
Dear Emma

Thank you for your interest in the European Environment Agency.

The EEA is the EU agency responsible for providing information on the European environment. The aim of the EEA is to ensure that decision-makers and the public are kept informed about the state and outlook of the environment. The EEA collects environmental data from the Member Countries, other EU institutions and international organisations. Based on this information, we produce reports on various environmental topics.

To answer your question, I need to know a bit more specifically what kind of inspection you are referring to?
Please be aware that we cannot provide you with EEA statements without a detailed and specific question.

emmabtd Apr 27, 2012 02:48 PM
Thank you for your answer,

I am referring to the inspections carried out in the EU member-state to collect data on the state of the environment and to verify on the ground that environmental law is applied.

I am actually writing on the need, in order to enforce properly European environmental legislation, for the creation of an inspection capacity at the EU level to support the national authorities which are in charge of monitoring the application of environmental law on the field.
Such an inspectorate could also provide the Commission with the evidence it needs during proceedings against Member States in breach with EU law.
I am also discussing the options conceivable for such an inspection capacity, notably to which institution it should be allocated (to give it to a sectoral agency, to the DG ENV, to the EEA?)

That's why I would like to know if you have some report on the quality and the volume of the data provided by Member-States' national authorities in charge for environment. (and also about the delay with which they are communicated)

I am also interested to know whether the EEA as an opinion on the need for an EU inspection capacity regarding environment as it has been for example expressed in the March 2012 Commission's Communication on improving the delivery of benefits from EU environment measures (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/[…]/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:52012DC0095:EN:NOT ) in order to address the low level of compliance of Member State with environmental rules.

and finally I would like to know whether the EEA would be willing to endorse such a role of Eu-level inspector of the implementation of environmental law.

I hope I am precise enough.

thank you in advance for your answer!

EEA Apr 27, 2012 03:20 PM
I have to forward your questions to one of my colleagues. I'll return as soon as I have an answer. Thank you for your patience.
EEA May 16, 2012 04:27 PM
Dear Emma,

Sorry for the delayed response, I had to contact several colleagues to find answers to your questions.

The basic answer to your question is that the idea of EEA taking on a role in inspections in the Member States was basically ruled out by Council at the time of the creation of EEA, and this is not a discussion that we are seeking to open. You can find information on IMPEL, which has a clear role in this discussion, at the following link:


You can also find useful information on DG Environment’s website on implementation:


More specifically, I would like to refer you to the recommendation on minimum requirements for environmental inspections:


You may also find useful material in the speech European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik gave to the EEA Management Board meeting in June 2011 on the subject of implementation:


Finally, as to your question regarding a report on the quality and volume of the data supplied by Member States, please refer to the annual Reportnet report, which is published annually:


I hope this information is useful to you. Good luck with your research.

Best regards