Hans Bruyninckx sees the mission of the European Environment Agency (EEA), which he has led since 2013, as providing “reliable, relevant, targeted and timely” information. It has fulfilled that role this week by publishing a ‘State of the Environment’ report that spoke of the “unprecedented scale and urgency” of the environmental challenges facing Europe. European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans reacted by saying policy makers must act with the same urgency as they would if there was “a comet heading to earth”.
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