Sustainable development must be top priority for the future of Europe

Sustainable development must be at the heart of Europe's future. In the resolution drafted by Patricia Círez Miqueleiz, Rudy De Leeuw and Lutz Ribbe and adopted at the October plenary session, the EESC advises the European Commission to structure its future work plan for 2020 and beyond around this pillar. The Committee calls for an overarching EU 2050 strategy for sustainability in order to implement the UN 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which the European Union has committed to achieving by 2030.

"We are happy to give our strong and balanced input into the EU's political priorities for the five years to come. We support the Green Deal championed by the Commission's president-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, as a key driver for change. We need to act at all levels simultaneously and create a dynamic of action to address urgent environmental, economic and social challenges," said the EESC president, Luca Jahier.

The EESC stresses that the scale and speed of change call for prompt measures in four areas: climate change, digitalisation, the rule of law and globalisation. The Committee also states that a new EU governance structure is crucial, along with new rules and instruments for defining and implementing EU policies. In particular, the role of the European Parliament should be enhanced in order to strengthen democratic accountability. The EESC has an active contribution to make to the Conference on the Future of Europe proposed by Ms von der Leyen for 2020.