The European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet) is a partnership network of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and its 38 member and cooperating countries.
The concept of Eionet enshrines the following defining principles:
- Institutional cooperation and collaboration coupled with public involvement and participation,
- Ensuring common content, focusing on data, information, indicators and analysis, and
- Establishing shared environmental information infrastructure, standards and web-based tools.
The National Focal Points (NFPs) are responsible for coordinating the national network of National Reference Centres. They aim to bring together experts from government entities and other national institutions involved in environmental information.
In October 2023, ERA hosted the EEA and National Focal Points representatives for the NFP Plenary Meeting. This was followed up by the EEA’s country visit, whereby Leena Ylä-Mononen, the EEA Executive Director and Jock Martin, Head of Coordination, Networks and Strategy met the Maltese experts nominated on the Eionet network. More information on these events is available on ERA’s press release.
Malta’s national network on EIONET, categorised by the main groups and by the thematic groups (where applicable) is: