Sustainable development

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  • Statement by
    Luca Jahier, EESC President

    I welcome the much-awaited reflection paper of the European Commission "Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030". I wish to congratulate First Vice-President Timmermans and Vice-President Katainen for this result. Now there is another window of opportunity to further push the sustainable development agenda, which must become the EU's top priority for the next decade. Let us be clear though: this is only the beginning of the road towards an ambitious and successful implementation of the sustainable agenda. 

  • Statement by
    Luca Jahier, EESC President

    Witnessing the current discussions taking place in Katowice at COP24, I fear that not all have understood the urgency to tackle climate change; concrete measures need to be taken. Sustainable development and Agenda 2030 are the cornerstones to strengthen the European project. Tackling climate change is part of this agenda and this is why COP 24 must deliver and adopt an Agenda for hope and for future generation. Today, the EESC, had an excellent discussion with European Commission First Vice-President, Mr Frans Timmermans, on sustainable development.

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    Luca Jahier, EESC President

    We believe strongly that community-led action on sustainability is key to implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. We want to state it loud and clear that without action by citizens, communities, municipalities, businesses and other groups of civil society we will simply not be able to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

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    Luca Jahier, EESC President

    Europe, its institutions and civil society appear to be a laughably inadequate defence against this sea of troubles. We need to get a grip. The next, crucial stage is just around the corner: the European elections. We have to put forward a European project that galvanises people, one that even lets them dream.

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    Luca Jahier, EESC President

    The EESC has been and will continue to advocate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda at a European level and beyond, transitioning to a society that is sustainable in economic, social and environmental terms. It is essential that organised civil society is fully involved and mobilised in relation to a future EU Sustainable Development Strategy. 

     

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    Luca Jahier, EESC President

    Gli anniversari sono un'occasione per celebrare, per condividere e gioire. Un momento di pausa, per guardarsi indietro e fare un bilancio dei risultati raggiunti che guideranno il nostro futuro.

  • Declaration by Luca Jahier, EESC President, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the European Economic and Social Committee

    The responses to the multiple crises that the European Union has been confronted with have increasingly led European citizens to become disenchanted not only with the European Union itself but also with democratic institutions in general – both at the  European and national level. There is a serious risk of EU citizens no longer seeing the added value of the EU for their living and working conditions as well as for their future perspectives and those of their children and for losing a common sense of belonging.

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    President's declaration on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the EESC
  • Luca Jahier, President of the EESC 2018 - 2020 - 534th Plenary Session - New presidency - Inaugural Session
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    rEUnaissance: Dare a sustainable Europe
  • Nature Restoration Law in the Focus of Civil Society

    In this issue:

    • Our members discuss the long-debated Nature Restoration Law
    • Guest articles by Silvie Kreibiehl and Svenja Schünemann (German Nature Conservation Association - DNR), Edwin Michiels (Agriculture and Horticulture Organisation Netherlands (LTO)) and Susanne Westhausen (Cooperatives Europe)
    • Interview with rapporteur Pietro Barbieri on the EESC opinion 'Strengthening civil dialogue and participatory democracy in the EU: a path forward'
    Civil Society Organisations' Bulletin - March 2024