The EESC will support the Commission's drive to match aspirations with actions in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and to put sustainability at the heart of our individual and collective responsibility. At the plenary session held in Brussels on 20 February 2020, EESC president Luca Jahier backed this year's European Commission work programme and its focus on sustainable development for a greener Europe.

Speaking in a debate with Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commission's vice-president for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, Mr Jahier pointed out that the EESC welcomed the driving force behind the first Commission work programme, leading the transition to a fair, climate-neutral and digital Europe. "We fully support the European Green Deal as a key driver for change and therefore the EESC would be willing to set up a permanent dialogue on sustainable development," he declared.

Mr Šefčovič was pleased to note that the main priorities of the 2020 Commission work programme corresponded to those identified by the Committee, namely the twin digital and climate transitions, the challenges of demographic change, and the need to ensure that our businesses and industry can continue to innovate and compete in a more challenging global environment. "The 2020 work programme will not only form the basis of our work for the first year of the mandate, but will also set its vision, direction and pace for the next five years and beyond. It is an ambitious programme, with 43 policy objectives or packages," he highlighted. (mp)