The European Environmental Economic Accounts (EEEA) are an important source of data to monitor and evaluate environmental policies, such as the 7th Environment Action Programme and progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The EEEA are a statistical framework consisting of a comprehensive set of tables and accounts describing the relationship between the environment and the EU economy.
We audited whether the Commission set up, managed and used the EEEA well. Our audit showed that the EEEA modules were not used to their full potential for monitoring key environmental policies. Based on our findings, we recommend that the Commission should improve the strategic framework for EEEA data, the relevance of EEEA modules for environmental policy making, and the timeliness of EEEA data.
ECA special report pursuant to Article 287(4), second subparagraph, TFEU.