Sustainable development

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Għaddejjin (updated on 05/10/2019)

The EESC is currently drafting an opinion that aims to define what "the sustainable economy we need" should look like by exploring new economic models, investment decisions vis-à-vis technological advances as well as novel indicators for growth and competitiveness. 

Memo ta’ informazzjoni: The sustainable economy we need (own-initiative opinion)


Energy, transport and services of general interest, combined with the digital revolution, can drive European growth in a sustainable and all-inclusive way. This was the message of the hearing that was held on 22 May 2019 by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN).


The member states of the European Union must strengthen stakeholder involvement in their efforts to reform national economies. Together with a new long-term EU strategy for sustainable development, improved stakeholder involvement could help create a more efficient and inclusive European semester that enjoys the support of society and is prepared to tackle the challenges facing the EU.


Change management, better communication on scientific evidence and, above all, civil engagement are key factors for the development and implementation of new indicators to measure people's well-being and societies' progress. This was the main message of a public debate that was held on 4 June by the European Economic and Social Committee and its Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion.   


The European Semester should be based on the principles of partnership and multilevel governance modelled on the partnership agreements existing in cohesion policy, as this bottom-up approach will contribute to more clarity, legitimacy and ownership at implementing level. This was one of the main messages of a hearing held by the European Economic and Social Committee on 11 June.


On 13 and 14 June 2019, the EESC, together with the Consiglio Nazionale dell'Economia e del Lavoro (CNEL) organised the yearly “Annual meeting of the Presidents and Secretaries-General of the Economic and Social Councils of the EU and the EESC” in Rome. The topic of this year's conference was “The ESCs role in sustainable development and the implementation of the Social Pillar”.


L-Unjoni Ewropea teħtieġ b’mod urġenti strateġija ġdida, ambizzjuża u ċara għall-futur tagħha. Il-politika ta’ koeżjoni trid tkun parti integrali minnha. Dispożizzjonijiet ġodda dwar il-politika ta’ koeżjoni għall-perjodu wara l-2020 iridu jipprevedu għal mezzi suffiċjenti u jiggarantixxu titjib fl-effiċjenza u l-viżibbiltà tal-politika tagħha, iħeġġeġ il-Kumitat Ekonomiku u Soċjali Ewropew (KESE) f’Opinjoni esploratorja dwar il-futur tal-politika ta’ koeżjoni, mitluba mill-Presidenza Rumena tal-Kunsill.