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29 January 2020
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Review of the Romanian Presidency in the Council Working Party on the 2030 Agenda

Today was the 7th and last of the meetings of the Working Party on the 2030 Agenda under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, which were chaired in the last few months by Csilla Lőrincz, Head of Office in the Department for Sustainable Development. The Romanian office as Council Presidency was marked by significant progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Union.

The adoption of the Council Conclusions “Towards an ever more sustainable Union by 2030” was one of the most important achievements of the Romanian office. The 27 articles reaffirm the Union’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda and outline an enabling framework for its implementation. The Council Conclusions will also be included in the discussions that will inform the European Commission’s Strategic Agenda that will guide public policies in the years to come.

“Under its office as Council Presidency, Romania has brilliantly carried out all its objectives related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We have swiftly obtained the Member States’ consensus on the adoption of Conclusions that have the potential to shape the Union’s policies by 2030. Concurrently, we have successfully promoted the sustainable development partnerships through the international conference of April 16, which enjoyed the participation of around 300 guests from over 40 countries.”, László Borbély stated.

The meetings held in the last few months also focused on the preparation of the European Union Statement at the High Level UN Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Another important component was related to strengthening the institutional relations with the other working parties in the Council of the EU. Representatives of different EU bodies, such as the Committee of the Regions, as well as of youth associations were also invited to give their input to the meetings.

“Under our Council Presidency, we have tried to promote the 2030 Agenda also among the other working groups. Sustainable development is a cross-disciplinary topic and we need the engagement of all the stakeholders, in order to successfully implement the Sustainable Development Goals.”, Csilla Lőrincz declared.

The Working Party for the 2030 Agenda was established in 2017 with the purpose of coordinating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the European Union.

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