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Adopted on 24/01/2017
Reference: 
REX/484-EESC

The 2030 Agenda, the new global framework for sustainable development agreed by the UN in 2015, needs to be reflected in EU's development policy, the major orientations of which are set out in the 2005 European Consensus on Development ("the Consensus").

To this end, the Commission issued Communication COM(2016) 740, "Proposal for a New European Consensus on Development: Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future" in November 2016.  Interinstitutional negotiations are expected to result in its endorsement in the form of a Joint Statement by the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission, in May 2017.

Information memo: REX/484 - European Consensus on Development

Adopted on 19/10/2016
Reference: 
NAT/680-EESC-2016-01870-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

Over recent years, there has been a shift in bargaining power in the food supply chain, mostly to the advantage of the retail sector and some transnational companies and to the detriment of suppliers, in particular primary producers. The concentration of bargaining power has led to the abuse of positions of dominance causing weaker operators to become increasingly vulnerable to Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs). The opinion takes stock of the impact of UTPs, stresses the difficult position of the most vulnerable actors along the chain and calls for action at EU level to stop UTPs and promote a fairer food supply chain.

EESC opinion: Promoting a fairer agro-food supply chain

Adopted on 20/10/2016
Reference: 
REX/461-EESC-2016-00758-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

The 2030 Agenda represents a breakthrough in multilateral cooperation, in the sense that it puts social and human development on a par with economic progress, and sees these three dimensions as a whole. Whereas the MDGs (Millennium Development goals) addressed primarily developing countries, this new Agenda is a transformational and universal agenda for all countries, and promotes a new, inclusive and participatory method of decision-making. The EU showed significant leadership in the process leading up to the adoption of the new SDGs (Sustainable Development Goasl). The opinion stresses that the EU needs to hold up its credibility both internally and externally, when it comes to implementing the Agenda and its 17 goals. Pointing to the universal and indivisible nature of the Agenda, the opinion underlines the importance of an EU response at the highest level, providing a robust base on which an overarching EU strategy should be founded.

EESC opinion: EESC opinion: The 2030 Agenda – a European Union committed to sustainable development globally

Adopted on 26/05/2016
Reference: 
NAT/677-EESC-2016-0232
Plenary session: 
517 -
May 25, 2016 May 26, 2016

In the past few years, civil society has been increasingly concerned about the environmental and social impact of food production and consumption. At the request of the Dutch EU Presidency, the EESC is preparing an exploratory opinion on how to achieve sustainable food systems in a resource-constrained world. The opinion takes a holistic and comprehensive approach, looking at the interdependence of food production and consumption as well as fostering inter-sectoral cooperation.

EESC opinion: EESC Opinion: More sustainable food systems

Ongoing (updated on 11/04/2019)
Reference: 
INT/876-EESC-2018
Plenary session: 
543 -
May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019

With this opinion the EESC welcomes the Commission's strong message on reinforcing the Single Market and the need for commitment from all Member States and citizens. The EESC calls for a Single Market that must be perceived as an opportunity to reassert European values, fundamental rights and duties to achieve progress and welfare for all Member States and citizens. Values like liberty, economic growth, democracy, peace, science and innovation, political stability, consumers and social rights must be present in citizens' mindset as a result of a process that started 60 years ago.

EESC section opinion: Single Market Communication

Adopted on 13/03/2019
Reference: 
/-EESC-2019-00936
Plenary session: 
542 -
Mar 20, 2019 Mar 21, 2019

The EESC is a bridge between the EU and its citizens, through the diversity of its members, and as such would like to propose its ambitious vision for the future, with Europe becoming the global leader on sustainable development

Listening to the citizens of Europe for a sustainable future (Sibiu and beyond)

Adopted on 21/09/2016
Reference: 
NAT/693-EESC-2016-2016-03385-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
519 -
Sep 21, 2016 Sep 22, 2016

In September 2015 world leaders adopted the UN agenda Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, establishing a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet, ensure protection of human rights and guarantee prosperity for all. As an initial step the Commission is carrying out an internal "mapping" exercise in order to identify which existing EU policies already address the challenges set by the SDGs. The Commission has asked the Committee to contribute to that process with the present exploratory opinion.

EESC opinion: Sustainable Development: A Mapping of the EU's internal and external policies

Adopted on 05/07/2017
Reference: 
NAT/706-EESC-2017-00719-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

The objective of the Communication on the role of waste-to-energy in the circular economy is to ensure that the recovery of energy from waste in the EU is consistent with the objectives pursued in the Circular Economy Action Plan.

EESC opinion: EESC opinion: Waste-to-energy under the Circular Economy

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