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Sustainable Development Observatory - Related Opinions
In accordance with the request from the Danish Presidency, the EESC has assessed the instruments and measures needed to shift to sustainable modes of production and consumption. Welcoming the awareness and efforts of the European institutions in this area, and with a view to working towards these objectives and ensuring a just transition, the EESC calls for the development of a renewed, joint vision of the economic model, including consultations within a specialised forum with all sectors of organised civil society, in order to set objectives and targets and update the monitoring procedure.
The present opinion reiterates the recommendations and conclusions presented in the previous EESC opinion "Rio+20: towards the green economy and better governance COM(2011) 363 final - The contribution of European organised civil society" and endorses fully the message of the EESC conference "Go sustainable, be responsible! European civil society on the road to Rio+20" organised by the EESC on 7 and 8 February 2012.
As stated in the action plan of the previous EESC opinion on Rio+20, the EESC has organised a broad dialogue process on the topics of the Rio+20 Conference, including first reactions on the zero-draft of the outcome document released on 10 January.
In its communication on Analysis of options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions and assessing the risk of carbon leakage the European Commission set out the various options for achieving the increased 30% target within the ETS (in sectors covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme) and other sectors (primarily transport and construction). As the European Commission's communication does not analyse the impact of the economic crisis on the ability of European businesses to undertake additional pro-climate investments, the Polish presidency proposes this issue as the subject of an EESC opinion.
The Rio 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development must send out a clear signal to the world community, with specific proposals for the transition to an economic order based on qualitative economic growth that helps to eliminate poverty and social injustice whilst preserving natural resources for future generations.
The EESC is convinced that ensuring access to resources, food and energy should be amongst the priorities of the global sustainability agenda.
Policy measures and clear indicators must be established to measure progress on the road to greater sustainability.
It agrees with the Commission that the EU 2020 Strategy must pave the way for longer-term goals from now until 2050 and beyond. It wonders, however, why the Commission is coupling this flagship initiative with the EU 2020 Strategy, rather than putting it forward as a concrete expression of the sustainable development strategy, which would make much more sense.