The European Environment Agency (EEA), an agency of the European Union, gathers data and produces assessments on a wide range of topics related to the environment. It does so in close cooperation with the European Environmental Information and Observation Network, known as Eionet.
Eionet is a partnership network of the EEA and its 38 member and cooperating countries. Ireland is a member of Eionet.
The EEA works closely with National Focal Points (NFPs), typically based in national environment agencies or environment ministries. NFPs are appointed by the EEA member countries as the primary links or contacts between the EEA and national Eionet countries. The Environmental Protection Agency acts as NFP for Ireland and coordinates environmental information exchange with the EEA and others. As NFP, the EPA maintains and develops the national network, facilitating and coordinating contacts, requests and deliveries between national and EU level.