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The European Environment Agency (EEA) maintains this site to enhance public access to information about its activities. Our goal is to keep this information and material timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. However, the EEA accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever (including but not limited to any direct or consequential loss or damage that might occur to you and/or any third party) arising out of or in connection with the information on this site. The information the EEA provides on this site does not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the EEA and other European Union institutions and bodies.

The material on this site is not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up to date and may contain links to external sites over which the EEA services have no control and for which the EEA assumes no responsibility. Neither the EEA nor any person or company acting on its behalf is responsible for the contents of this site and the use that may be made of it.

It is our goal to minimise disruption caused by technical errors. However, some data or information on this site may have been created or structured in files or formats that are not error-free and the EEA cannot guarantee that its service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems. The EEA accepts no responsibility whatsoever with regard to such problems incurred as a result of using this site.

Copyright notice

Unless otherwise indicated, the European Environment Agency (EEA) is the owner of copyrights and database rights in this website and its contents.

Information, documents and material available on this website and for which the EEA holds the rights of use are public and may be re-used without prior permission, free of charge, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, provided that the EEA is always acknowledged as the original source of the material and that the original meaning or message of the content is not distorted. Such acknowledgment must be included in each copy of the material. The re-use of the content on the EEA website covers the reproduction, adaptation and/or distribution, irrespective of the means and/or the format used. The re-use of certain data may be subject to different conditions, and if so the item concerned is accompanied by a copyright mark or other mention of the specific conditions relating to it. The above mentioned permissions do not apply to content supplied by third parties. Therefore, for documents where the copyright lies with a third party, permission for reproduction must be obtained from the copyright holder.

The EEA re-use policy follows Directive 2003/98/EC (Hyperlink: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32003L0098:EN:HTML) of the European Parliament and the Council on the re-use of public sector information throughout the European Union, the Commission Decision of 12 December 2011 (Hyperlink: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:330:0039:0042:EN:PDF) on re-use of Commission documents and Directive 2013/37/EU (Hyperlink: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex:32013L0037) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information.

The EEA accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the re-use of content accessible on its website.

The Agency logo is the property of the EEA and is registered with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation). It may be reproduced by media for journalistic purposes, but all other usages needs the Agency’s prior consent. The logo may not be cropped or amended in any other way than what is detailed in the EEA’s corporate identity manual (Hyperlink: https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/eea-corporate-design-manual). Downloadable logos in various formats and languages are found on this page (Hyperlink: https://www.eea.europa.eu/about-us/documents/logos/eea-logos). 

Any inquiries about re-use of content on the EEA website should be addressed to copyrights@eea.europa.eu, or to Mr Ove Caspersen, EEA, Kongens Nytorv 6, DK-1050 Copenhagen K, Tel +45 33 36 71 00, Fax + 45 33 36 71 99.

EEA data policy

The policy provides guidelines about EEA’s handling of data. It will ensure that data is handled in a consistent and transparent manner. EEA aspires to promote the sharing of environmental data. In agreeing to share, data providers need to have assurance that their data are properly handled, disseminated and acknowledged following similar principles and rules across countries and stakeholders.


  1. European Environment Agency (EEA) Data Policy
  2. EEA ADOPTS the BASIC DATA POLICY PRINCIPLES for the exchange of data related to the environment:
  3. Annex 1 to the EEA Data Policy: Definitions
  4. Related content

Data Protection Notice

EEA is committed to user privacy.

The protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the EEA is governed by Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 (Hyperlink: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32001R0045:EN:NOT) of the European Parliament and the Council of 18 December 2000.

Here we provide you with some general information. Specific information about the processing associated with this website is contained in our Register (Hyperlink: https://www.eea.europa.eu/about-us/documents/data-protection-inventory).

The EEA website is our most important communication tool. Here we communicate our work such as our data and maps, indicators and our publications about Europe’s environment to the general public as well as our more expert audiences.

Some of the services offered on our website require the processing of your personal data. In such cases, links are available on those pages directing you to the specific information about the processing contained in the relevant data protection notices in our Register.

Here we give you a general overview of some of the ways this website processes your personal data including the use of cookies and social media.

Your personal data and our website

  • The EEA collects your personal information only to the extent necessary to fulfil a precise purpose related to our tasks as an agency of the European Union (which are laid down in Regulation (EC) No 401/2009);
  • We do not re-use the information for another purpose that is different to the one stated;
  • We put in place measures to guarantee that your data are kept up-to-date and processed securely;
  • Under certain conditions outlined in law, we may disclose your information to third parties, (such as the European Anti-Fraud Office, the Court of Auditors, or law enforcement authorities) if it is necessary and proportionate for lawful, specific purposes;
  • We will never divulge your personal data for direct marketing purposes;
  • You have the right to access your personal information, to have it corrected and the right to recourse to the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) (https://edps.europa.eu) at any time if you believe your data protection rights have been breached;
  • We do not keep your personal information for longer than necessary for the purposes for which we collected it;
  • However, we may keep your information for a longer period for historical, statistical or scientific purposes with the appropriate safeguards in place.

Your rights when we process your personal data

  • When your personal information is processed by the EEA, you have the right to know about it.
  • You have the right to access the information and have it rectified without delay if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • You can ask to have it blocked under certain circumstances.
  • You can also object to it being processed if you think the processing is unfair and unlawful and ask for it to be deleted.
  • You can request that any of the above changes be communicated to other parties to whom your data have been disclosed.
  • You have also the right not to be subject to automated decisions (made solely by machines) affecting you, as defined by law.
  • These rights are outlined in Articles 13 to 19 of the current data protection Regulation (EC) No 45/2001.
  • You can also read our guide ‘Data protection at a glance’ (Hyperlink: https://www.eea.europa.eu/legal/privacy/data-protection-at-a-glance) for more information.

How to exercise your data protection rights at the EEA

  • If the EEA is processing your personal data and you would like to exercise your data protection rights, please send us a written request by clicking on "Contact" in the footer .
  • You can send also your request to the EEA by post in a sealed envelope or use our application form.
  • Your request should contain a detailed description of the data you wish to have access to.
  • You must provide a copy of an identification document to confirm your identity, for example a passport, an ID card or a driving licence. The document shall contain an identification number, country of issue, period of validity and your full name.
  • Any other data contained in the copy of the identification document (e.g. photo, personal characteristics, date and place of birth, address) will not be processed and may thus be blacked out.
  • Our use of the information contained in the copy of your identification document is strictly limited: the data will only be used to verify your identity.
  • The document will be stored for a maximum period of three months from the date of receipt of your request.

Cookie policy/Site usage information

What are cookies?

Cookies are short text files stored on a user’s device (such as a computer, tablet or phone) by a website. 

Cookies are used for the technical functioning of a website or for gathering statistics.

Cookies are also typically used to provide a more personalised experience for a user for example, when an online service remembers your user profile without you having to login.

When you visit our website, we may collect some data on your browsing experience such as your IP address, the EEA page you visited, when you visited and the website page you were redirected from.

This information is used to gather aggregated and anonymous statistics with a view to improving our services and to enhance your user experience.

How do we use cookies?

We use session and persistent cookies to reflect the user’s choice to the cookie consent.

A session cookie (also known as an in-memory cookie or transient cookie) exists only in the temporary memory of the browser while the user navigate the website. Web browsers normally delete session cookies when the user closes the browser. Session cookies are temporarily saved in the user’s browser and their only purpose is to reflect the choice of the user of not allowing persistent cookies.

In case you allow it, the website also uses persistent cookies to save the user’s preference, and retrieve it during the next visits. An application cookie, containing the user’s positive answer to the use of cookies, will be stored in the user’s browser for a period of 11 months. After this period expires, the user will be prompted to give his/her consent again.

To receive statistics, EEA is relying on Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (‘Google’). Google Analytics uses cookies, to help the EEA web team analyses how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on its servers. To protect your privacy, Analytics removes the last part of your IP address prior to its use and storage. Google will use information from the cookies for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By accepting cookies when you navigate this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

How to control cookies?

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details see http://www.aboutcookies.org/. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

Social Media

We use social media to present our work through widely used and contemporary channels.

Our official social media channels are listed on this website.

For instance, you can watch EEA videos, which we upload to our YouTube page and follow links from our website to Twitter and LinkedIn.

Cookies are not set by our display of social media buttons to connect to those services when our website pages are loaded on your computer (or other devices) or from components from those services embedded in our web pages.

Each social media channel has their own policy on the way they process your personal data when you access their sites. For example, if you choose to watch one of our videos on YouTube, you will be asked for explicit consent to accept YouTube cookies; if you look at our Twitter activity on Twitter, you will be asked for explicit consent to accept Twitter cookies; the same applies for LinkedIn.

If you have any concerns or questions about their use of your personal data, you should read their privacy policies carefully before using them.

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