This working paper seeks to contribute to the debate about the role of The European Environment Agency and it is argued that in order to capture a fuller picture of their functioning, we need to go beyond a legal framework (legislation from European Commission as Green and White papers), taking into account institutional features that involve both formal and informal processes. The inception of the European Environment Agency (EEA) was in 1991. Over the years the EEA has become a more loyal partner to the European Commission in the European administrative system, balancing the ability to have a credible voice on the one hand and the need for stability and a secure resource supply on the other. The Agency has also been able to meet increasing demands for information without a similar scale of increase in resources, also pointing to efficiency gains within the organisation. In the Agency we strive to give value for money across an enormous environmental agenda. This is essential in today's climate of increased financial pressure and the growing number of organisations working on environmental issues.
To contribute directly to European Union (EU) policy developments on climate change impacts by refining relevant indicators, producing assessments, combined with socio-economic factors in Europe, using past trends, now casting, spatial analysis, forward looking assessments, and policy effectiveness analysis including economic aspects.
Key-words: European Union; European Environment Agency; Climate change; Decision-making;