Sustainable development

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  • Adopted on 16/07/2020 - Bureau decision date: 22/01/2019
    Sygnatura
    TEN/701-EESC-2019-01-01
    (Italy
    Information report: Evaluation on Trans European Network – Transport (TEN-T) guidelines 2013–2020
  • Adopted on 15/07/2020 - Bureau decision date: 20/02/2020
    Sygnatura
    ECO/513-EESC-2020-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    Malta

    While the recovery after COVID-19 crisis is a top priority, the EESC stresses that this should not steer the EU away from its medium and long-term objectives, as outlined in the European Green Deal, 2020 Sustainable Growth Strategy, and the European Pillar for Social Rights. There is a need for a resilient, technology-driven European economy that is defined by the protection of the environment. The EESC underlines that strategies aimed at enhanced economic sustainability need to be developed around productivity, but they cannot be allowed to happen at the expense of workers' rights and social development. The EESC advocates for re-thinking supply chains, underlines that social aspects should be emphasised, start-ups should be encouraged and that the cornerstone of sustainable economic growth in the EU should be the creation and development of a truly circular economy. Open dialogue with social partners and civil society remains key to setting the economic direction.

    EESC opinion: Enhancing sustainable economic growth across the EU
  • Adopted on 23/01/2020 - Bureau decision date: 24/01/2019
    Sygnatura
    NAT/765-EESC-2019-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    Germany

    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. 

    EESC opinion: The sustainable economy we need (own-initiative opinion)
  • Adopted on 26/09/2019 - Bureau decision date: 11/12/2018
    Sygnatura
    NAT/760-EESC-2019-00917
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Ireland
    Workers - GR II
    Germany
    EESC opinion: Reflection Paper 'Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030'
  • Adopted on 19/09/2018 - Bureau decision date: 13/03/2018
    Sygnatura
    NAT/739-EESC-2018-02466
    (Finland
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Austria

    The future Austrian Presidency of the Council has requested the EESC to draw up an exploratory opinion on the Bioeconomy, and how it can contribute to achieving the EU's climate, energy goals and the UN's sustainable development goals.

    EESC opinion: Bioeconomy – contributing to achieving the EU's climate and energy goals and the UN's sustainable development goals (exploratory opinion requested by the Austrian Presidency)
  • Adopted on 19/09/2018 - Bureau decision date: 15/02/0018
    Sygnatura
    NAT/737-EESC-2018-01470
    (United Kingdom
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    France

    The annual revision of the Eurostat SDG Report must be an opportunity for broader dialogue with civil society concerning which indicators be included and what the target for each of these should be. This own-initiative opinion examines how organised civil society could be better involved in a more qualitative follow-up of the annual revision of the Eurostat SDG report as part of SDG monitoring and follow-up programmes that have been established.

    EESC opinion: Indicators better suited to evaluate the SDGs – the civil society contribution (own-initiative opinion)
  • Adopted on 05/07/2017 - Bureau decision date: 13/12/2016
    Sygnatura
    NAT/700-EESC-2017-01-01-00277-00-00-AC-TRA
    (Hungary
    EESC opinion: Next steps for a sustainable European future
  • Adopted on 21/09/2016 - Bureau decision date: 26/04/2016
    Sygnatura
    NAT/693-EESC-2016-2016-03385-00-01-AC-TRA
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Greece
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Czech Republic

    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 (exploratory opinion requested by the European Commission)
  • Reference number
    8/2024

    The pivotal role of civil society in driving forward the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) took centre stage during the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The discussion made it crystal clear that the UN and EU need to work together to advance the SDGs.

  • Reference number
    48/2023

    Making the European economy more resilient and dynamic through growth while at the same time prioritising environmental protection are not mutually incompatible but essential to future-proofing the continent's society. That is the main message from a European Economic and Social Committee conference "Sustainability and prosperity at the heart of the European project", held on 30 November on the fringes of an extraordinary Bureau meeting, where the EESC met with the upcoming Belgian presidency of the Council of the EU.