New measures for development-oriented governance and implementation

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advies EESC: New measures for development-oriented governance and implementation

Key points:

The EESC believes that

  • a simple, accessible strategy and objectives and a single, long-term project for Europe are vital (EU 2030-50 strategy);
  • the main instrument for stronger central, development-oriented governance should be the European Semester;
  • the GDP-based performance indicator should be flanked by an additional, results-based indicator, that reflects sustainability and includes primarily social and environmental factors;
  • close coordination and the introduction of an open cooperation method between Member States is necessary;
  • legal and financial instruments (in particular the European Structural and Investment Funds as well as the European Fund for Strategic Investment) must be consolidated;
  • shared, multilevel implementation is important;
  • one of the key elements in long-term development-oriented governance is continuity;
  • it is vital to keep the public properly involved;
  • the involvement of the economic and social partners and NGOs should be ensured at all levels;
  • the establishment of a European Code of Conduct on Partnership is vital;  
  • it is necessary to go beyond the partnership rules and specify the minimum requirements that the Member State authorities will have to meet;
  • the Member States should be obliged to set up effective funding systems to build partners' capacity;
  • the European Commission should establish a financing system that contributes to the operation of European NGO networks.