The EEAA represents the executive arm of the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA). This has been focused, in close collaboration with the national and international development partners, on defining environmental policies, setting priorities and implementing initiatives within a context of sustainable development since 1997. The Principal Functions of the Agency Include: Formulating environmental policies. Preparing the necessary plans for Environmental protection and Environmental development projects, following up their implementation, and undertaking Pilot Projects. Promoting environmental relations between Egypt and other States, as well as Regional and International Organizations.
The EEAA supports the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs in the management of the Egyptian Pollution Abatement Project (EPAP II), major initiative to help industry improve performance and comply with environmental regulations. Eligible industries in Greater Cairo and Alexandria can take advantage of funds available through the Egyptian Pollution Abatement Project (EPAP II) while those in Upper and Lower Egypt can apply for funding through the Private Public Sector Industry Project (PPSI).The project is financed jointly by World Bank (WB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the French Development Agency, In addition to European Commission (EC), the Government of Finland, and the Government of Egypt. The EEAA manages as well the Private Public Sector Industry Project (PPSI), running from 2008 to 2012 and financed under the German Financial Cooperation between Germany and Egypt. Its main goals are to assist the Egyptian industry (large or small and medium) comply with the environmental laws and regulation as well as improve its environmental performance altogether. To this end, it provides grant to support industrial pollution abatement projects in industrial establishments from both public & private sectors, small and medium enterprises and specific business services.