The Multiannual Work Programme (MAWP) is the European Union’s multi‑annual financial framework (MFF) for the period 2014–2020, the long-term budget for the Union’s work over the coming years. Responding to the economic difficulties still facing Europe in the wake of the financial crisis in 2008–2009, the MFF defines a context of diminishing resources for the EU as a whole, a context that will also affect the European Environment Agency (EEA). The MAWP reflects this by setting out clear priorities for the work of the EEA in the coming years, and emphasising the need for stronger partnerships, not least with the member countries of the European Environment Information and Observation Network, Eionet.
The MAWP is an ambitious and forward-looking strategy. It has the potential to make a major contribution to the implementation of the EU’s environment and climate policies, and to the goals of the 7th Environment Action Programme. The MAWP 2014–2018 will also contribute to the development of the systemic understanding needed to achieve long-term transitions towards sustainability in Europe.