One item that was debated and also adopted at the General Affairs Council held in Luxembourg was the Council Conclusions on the 2030 Agenda. The document was developed in the Working Group for the 2030 Agenda, chaired by Head of Office in the Department for Sustainable Development Csilla Lőrincz on behalf of the Romanian Council Presidency.
The set of Conclusions called “Towards an ever more sustainable Union by 2030” is a follow up of the Reflection Paper published by the European Commission at the end of January and comprises 27 articles that outline the Member States’ vision on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The two documents provide the guidelines that might underpin a European strategy for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, also called for in the Council Conclusions. The Commission is urged to elaborate a comprehensive implementation strategy outlining timelines, objectives as well as concrete measures to implement the Sustainable Development Objectives.
The 27 articles endorsed by the Council have the potential to shape the future of EU policies in key areas, as they relate to the economy, society and the environment, the three pillars of sustainable development. The articles will also inform the debates aimed at drawing up the Strategic Agenda of the future European Commission.
In that context, it is noteworthy that State Advisor László Borbély joined the high-level conference on “Sustainable Europe 2030. From Goals to Delivery”, which took place on Monday in Brussels. The event bought together European leaders and sustainable development experts who conferred on the manner in which the European Union should implement the 2030 Agenda. Addressing the 600 participants in the gathering, the Head of the Department for Sustainable Development emphasised the importance of outlining a European Strategy on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.