An introduction to the EEAC

The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) is a network of advisory bodies established by national or regional governments. EEAC members offer independent advice to their respective national or regional governments and parliaments related to the environment and sustainable development.

Fourteen advisory bodies from eleven European countries and regions are member of the EEAC Network. With representatives from academia, civil society, the private sector and public bodies the EEAC network brings together experts with years of experience producing independent advice.

Members of the EEAC network share their experiences and perspectives with each other. They strive to be mutually supportive, to learn from each other, and to respect and promote viewpoints which transcend national perspectives and are vital for achieving sustainable development and a healthy and resilient state of environment in the European area and beyond.

The EEAC has several main activities. Working Groups (WG) are for example a key mechanism of collaboration in the EEAC network. The WGs bring together the views of individual advisory bodies on selected and strategic topics, such as circular economy, energy and climate change, marine and water affairs and sustainable development. The WG’s are chaired by EEAC members on volunteering bases.

The EEAC organizes Annual Conferences on topics related to environment and sustainable development. The annual conference is hosted by an EEAC member. The theme of the annual conference is chosen during the previous year’s Annual Plenary Session (APS) of the EEAC network.

Furthermore, the EEAC organizes workshops and seminars on particular subjects of interest to its members. These can be hosted by a member council on behalf of, or in collaboration with the EEAC Network.