The Council Working Party on the 2030 Agenda held its first 2019 meeting in Brussels on Monday. The gathering was chaired by Head of Office in the Sustainable Development Department Csilla Lőrincz who presented the Member States’ representatives both the working programme and the priorities for the months ahead.
Romania has the opportunity to coordinate the first meeting held since the Commission published the Reflection Paper on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The representative of the Sustainable Development Department is tasked with collating all the MS opinions and with developing the Council’s position on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Thus, the general guidelines for a European strategy will be outlined under the Romanian Council Presidency.
The Working Party’s meetings in the months ahead will prepare the European Union’s position for the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. They will also cover strengthening institutional relationships with other Council working parties.
Along with partnerships, young people’s engagement is one of the main topics that the Sustainable Development Department will promote at European level. In that context, the first WP meeting was also attended by representatives of the European Youth Forum.
The Working Party for the 2030 Agenda was set up in 2017 with the purpose of coordinating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at EU level. Under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Csilla Lőrincz will chair 7 other WP meetings that will take the EU closer to a sustainable future.
On Tuesday, the delegation of the Department for Sustainable Development participated in an event organised by the Sustainable Development Observatory, a body within the European Economic and Social Committee. State Advisor László Borbély presented Romania’s Sustainable Development Strategy 2030 to the civil society representatives attending the event. Other speakers were the President of the Sustainable Development Observatory Peter Schmidt, as well as coordinators of the sustainable development strategies in other Member States.