Sustainable development

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  • Adopted on 25/01/2023 - Bureau decision date: 21/09/2021
    Reference
    NAT/841-EESC-2021-01-01
    Employers - GR I
    France
    Plenary session number
    575
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    EESC opinion: Nature restoration targets under EU biodiversity strategy
  • Adopted on 14/12/2022 - Bureau decision date: 20/01/2022
    Reference
    NAT/860-EESC-2022-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    Lithuania
    Plenary session number
    574
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    EESC opinion: Empowering youth to achieve sustainable development through education
  • Adopted on 13/07/2022 - Bureau decision date: 19/10/2021
    Reference
    NAT/851-EESC-2022
    Workers - GR II
    Austria

    The Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI) package aims to make every aspect of the design, production, use and sale of products placed on the EU market more environmentally-friendly and circular to deliver on the sustainability and climate objectives. The proposals of the package will introduce a new era where sustainable products become the norm as well as Europe's resource independence.

  • Adopted on 18/05/2022 - Bureau decision date: 19/10/2021
    Reference
    NAT/846-EESC-2021
    Employers - GR I
    France
    EESC opinion: Restoring sustainable carbon cycles
  • Adopted on 23/03/2022 - Bureau decision date: 06/07/2021
    Reference
    NAT/838-EESC-2021-01-01
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    France

    The update of the 2006 Soil Thematic Strategy was announced in the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. The aim of the new EU Soil Strategy will be to address soil- and land-related issues in a comprehensive way and to help achieve land degradation neutrality by 2030, one of the key targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    EESC opinion: New EU Soil Strategy
  • Adopted on 08/12/2021 - Bureau decision date: 26/04/2021
    Reference
    NAT/833-EESC-2021
    (Sweden

    The EU ETS was launched in 2005 and covers about 45 % of EU greenhouse gas emissions. The latest revision of the EU ETS Directive, adopted in 2018, sets the total quantity of emission allowances for phase 4 (2021-2030), in line with what was the current EU emission reduction target at the time (40 % reduction below 1990 levels by 2030).

  • Adopted on 08/12/2021 - Bureau decision date: 25/03/2021
    Reference
    NAT/824-EESC-2021-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    France

    In the face of unprecedented global changes (biodiversity collapse, widespread pollution, climate change, etc.), most notably causing extreme weather events, the effects of climate change are having a direct and indirect impact on a range of human rights that are guaranteed at international and European level, such as the right to life and health, the right of access to food and drinking water, the right to property and housing, and the right to religion and culture.

    Information report: Environmental protection as a prerequisite for respect for fundamental rights (information report – SDO)
  • Adopted on 24/03/2021 - Bureau decision date: 28/10/2020
    Reference
    INT/918-EESC-2020-01-01
    Employers - GR I
    Germany

    On 9 September 2020, the European Commission adopted its first annual Strategic Foresight Report, presenting Commission’s strategy to integrate strategic foresight into EU policy-making. Strategic foresight aims to identify emerging challenges and opportunities to better steer the European Union's strategic choices and to inform major policy initiatives. It will support the Commission in designing future-proof policies and legislation that serves both the current needs and longer-term aspirations of European citizens.

     

    EESC opinion: Strategic foresight
  • Adopted on 18/09/2020 - Bureau decision date: 02/04/2020
    Reference
    NAT/794-EESC-2020-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    Germany
    Employers - GR I
    Hungary
    EESC opinion: Digitalisation and Sustainability – status quo and need for action in civil society perspective (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency)
  • Adopted on 18/09/2020 - Bureau decision date: 20/02/2020
    Reference
    NAT/788-EESC-2020-01-01
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Ireland

    This opinion will look into the possibilities to engage with young people in a formal way at institutional level and provide the building blocks for a new structured approach to youth engagement at EU level.

    EESC opinion: Towards structured youth engagement on climate and sustainability in the EU decision-making process (own-initiative opinion)