International Cooperation

The Czech Environmental Information Agency, is the contact point for the European Environment Agency (EEA) in the Czech Republic and is involved in the European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET). It acts as a National Focal Point (NFP), i.e. that it primarily ensures the cooperation of the so-called National Reference Centres (NRCs). Reference centres are set up for specific areas of the environment, such as air quality, climate change, river quality, waste generation, biodiversity, energy and many more. The Czech Republic is currently involved in a total of 23 NRCs.

Currently, CENIA is also involved in 3 European Topic Centres (ETC):

  • European Topic Centre for Inland, Coastal and Marine Waters
  • European Topic Centre on Circular economy and resource use
  • European Topic Centre on Sustainability Transitions

ETCs are consortia of professional institutions that act as extensions of the EEA in specific areas. They provide data collection, management and analysis, as well as the implementation of specific tasks set out in the Multiannual Work Program (MAWP) and Annual Work Programs (AWP).

CENIA is also the National Contact Point for the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE), a European Commission directive establishing an infrastructure for spatial information in the European Community in 2009-2020 to support environmental policies. One of the tools for its presentation is the INSPIRE National Geoportal, which is operated by CENIA.

Since 2020, the Director of CENIA has been the Chairman of the GEO / Copernicus National Secretariat. The Copernicus program is a European Union program that offers services based on remote sensing data (satellite imagery) and in-situ (terrestrial) data. The Secretariat is a permanent coordinating, initiating and advisory body of the Minister of the Environment and members of the Earth Observation Secretariat of the European Union’s Copernicus program and its partners, as well as international GEO (Earth Observation Group) initiatives and other related space activities.

CENIA is represented in the network of correspondents of the REACH, CLP and biocides national helpdesks, representatives from Norway and Iceland, observers from Turkey, Serbia, Switzerland and Montenegro, representatives of the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and observers from European industry associations that run their own helpdesks.

CENIA representatives attend the HelpNet Steering Group every year, which takes place at ECHA’s headquarters in Helsinki. CENIA representatives are members of the International Technical Working Groups (TWGs) set up to revise the Best Available Techniques Reference Documents (BREFs).

Representatives of CENIA, as the competent authority for the EU Ecolabel, regularly participate in the European Union Ecolabelling Board and the Competent Body Forum three times a year. The most common topics of discussion are the vision and direction of the eco-label, the development of new and revisions of existing product groups, the promotion of the eco-label and the discussion on the unclear interpretation of the criteria.

CENIA representatives participate in the EMAS Committee – Forum of Competent Body Meeting and the EMAS Working Group – Working Group of EMAS Experts. Topics discussed are most often the vision and direction of EMAS, sharing experiences in individual EU countries, promoting EMAS and projects to support EMAS.

Last but not least, CENIA is a member of Plan4all, a non-profit association of 60 partners from 22 countries – universities, public organisations and private companies. The activities of the association are focussed on development, research and innovative projects in the field of geoinformatics and remote sensing for applications in spatial planning, transport, the environment, urban planning, precision agriculture and tourism.

CENIA cooperates with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) through a nominated delegate in the Working Party on Environmental Information.