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 EEA is responsible for evolving Eionet and managing its activities together with the National Focal Points (NFPs) in the countries. The NFPs are responsible for coordinating networks of National Reference Centres (NRCs), bringing together experts from national entities dealing with environmental information. Eionet embraces seven European Topic Centres (ETCs) which are centres of thematic expertise across EEA member countries.
The concept of Eionet enshrines the following defining principles:
- Institutional cooperation and collaboration coupled with public involvement and participation;
- Common content, being data, information, indicators and analysis;
- Shared environmental information infrastructure, standards and web-based tools.
The Environment and Resources Authority is designated as Malta’s National Focal Point on EIONET.