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Opinion Number: CDR 137/2017
Rapporteur: IACOP Franco
Commission: CIVEX
Status: Adopted
Date: 12/07/2017
 
To welcome the European Commission's commitment to making an active and constructive contribution to reaching the strategic objectives set out in the 2030 Agenda;
to highlight that in order to achieve results it is essential to involve all levels of government in the decision-making process, particularly local and regional authorities (LRAs);
to outline that LRAs – regions, provinces, counties, districts, metropolitan cities, small cities and municipalities – are fully-fledged policy-makers, tasked with identifying the most appropriate levels and methods of government for linking the overarching EU and UN objectives with those of local communities;
to highlight that if a sub-set of local and regional level objectives is to be achieved, it will have to be properly funded. The necessary resources could be made available by means of specific transfers from the national level, but also by conferring greater budgetary powers on local bodies;
to make recommendations to the local, regional, national and international level in order to beter achieve the SDGs.
A Multi-stakeholder platform on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals has been set up by the EC. Three CoR members participated in the work of the Platform: Mr. Arnoldas Abramavicius, 1st VP of ECON Commission as full member and Mr. Peter Bossman (CIVEX) and Mr. Roby Biwer (ENVE) as observers.

See pages 6-10 of the follow-up report drafted by the European Commission: https://cor.europa.eu/en/our-work/Documents/Opinions/76th-Report_CoR-Follow-up-opinions-July-2017.pdf
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

 welcomes the European Commission's commitment to making an active and constructive contribution to reaching the strategic objectives set out in the 2030 Agenda;

 highlights that in order to achieve results it is essential to involve all levels of government in the decision-making process, particularly local and regional authorities (LRAs);

 insists that LRAs – regions, provinces, counties, districts, metropolitan cities, small cities and municipalities – are fully-fledged policy-makers, tasked with identifying the most appropriate levels and methods of government for linking the overarching EU and UN objectives with those of local communities;

 regrets that the communication does not include an assessment of potential risks in the implementation phase of the 17 SDGs;

 highlights that if a sub-set of local and regional level objectives is to be achieved, it will have to be properly funded. The necessary resources could be made available by means of specific transfers from the national level, but also by conferring greater budgetary powers on local bodies;

 emphasises that LRAs must be recognised as key players in policies, due to their proximity to citizens and their potential to contribute to rebuilding consensus on the European institutions and the European project. Multilevel Governance is the ideal approach for policies that aim to build a sustainable future and combine the 10 Commission priorities with the 11 thematic goals of the Cohesion Funds and the 17 SDG goals of the 2030 Agenda;

 reiterates that LRAs have a crucial role to play in the relationship between public-private partnerships, as they are able to recognise the diversity of forms of development able to generate investments that make the most of the local resources inherent in each region;

 asks the EU and national authorities to set aside resources to cover ex ante and ex post impact assessments of policies relating to sustainable development. This will call for improved coordination of all policies implemented, both by the EU and Member States and by the LRAs.

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CoR presents SDGs multi-stakeholders recommendations to the Council

On 24 October, the CoR, together to 4 other organisations of the EU multi-stakeholders platform on SDGs part of the drafting team of the document, presented recommendations for the EC Reflection Paper on a sustainable Europe by 2030 to the Council Working Group on SDGs gathering representatives from all Member states. These recommendations were adopted by consensus by all members of the platform. The CoR particularly insisted on the recommendations on SDGs governance, focusing on how the Council could support these in view of the close publication of the Reflection Paper

 
24 Oct
 

Adoption of recommendations for the EC Reflection Paper on SDGs

During the 2nd Meeting of the EU multi-stakeholders Platform on SDGs, its 30 members adopted by consensus a set of recommendations for the EC Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030. The European Committee of the Regions together with CSR Europe, CONCORD, the Social Platform and the European Environment Bureau drafted the recommendations and brokered last minute deals to ensure the recommendations are balancing different interests while remaining ambitious. The Platform's chair, the EC First Vice-president Timmermans called this a little miracle and intend to fully use these recommendations for the drafting of the Reflection Paper with EC Vice-President Katainen.

 
11 Oct
 

Workshop: Delivering Sustainable Development Goals at regional and local level

The European Committee of the Regions, Eurocities, and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, are co-organising a workshop on the implementation of SDGs at regional and local level. This event will take place during the European Week of Regions and Cities. It is a contribution to the work of the EU Multi-stakeholders' Platform on SDGs and will help further mobilise cities and regions on SDGs.

 
09 Oct
 

Meeting of the SDGs Platform sub-group on Governance, PCSD and Rule of Law

The subgroup on Governance, Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) and Rule of Law of the EU Multi-stakeholders Platform on SDGs met on 12 September.
The participants discussed a document which among other will contribute to the Commission’s stocktaking exercise for the ‘Better Regulation’ agenda.
The CoR notably discussed the importance to link the European Semester to the SDGs, as well as the need for an EU Code of Conduct to liaise with other levels of government and stakeholders in this area.
The CoR also insisted on a multi-level approach to governance.

 
13 Sep
 

Meeting of the SDGs Platform subgroup on "SDGs at local and regional level"

Bert Kuby, European Committee of the Regions, presented the final recommendations drafted for the EU Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030. He explained to which extent the inputs of local and regional organisations had been integrated within these recommendations.
The participants also discussed the opportunity to better align their activities on SDGs and to cooperate together.

 
13 Sep
 

Meeting with the OECD to collaborate on the localisation of SDGs

The CoR met with Stefano Marta, from the OECD, to discuss the OECD ongoing project "A Territorial Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals: A role for Cities and Regions to leave no-one behind". This project currently in its pilot phase is offering technical support to cities and regions to implement SDGs notably in 3 areas: indicators, multi-level governance and peer-learning. The CoR and the OECD discussed possible collaboration with the OECD offering its expertise to members of the CoR willing to engage in the SDGs, and the CoR willing to raise awareness on SDGs towards its members.

 
13 Sep
 

CoR talks sustainable development at European Parliament Hearing

On 10 July, the CoR, together with CSR Europe, and EEB presented the draft recommendations of the EC multi-stakeholders platform on SDGs during a joint hearing of the DEVE/ENVI committees at the European Parliament.
These draft recommendations include actions to be done by the European Parliament. Members of the drafting team of these recommendations hope they will be taken into account by MEPs.

 
10 Jul
 

CoR member met with Commissions to plead for an ambitious strategy on sustainable development

CoR Member, Arnoldas Abramavicius, representative of the CoR at the EU multi-stakeholders platform on SDGs, met European Commission First Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, and Vice-President, Jyrki Katainen, to present the draft recommendations of the platform for the Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030.
Mr Abramavicius, together with members of EEB, CSR Europe, Social Europe and Concord, discussed the role of their recommendations which should help draft the Reflection Paper, as well as be annexed to it (or at least the executive summary). This would be the first time the European Commission uses a paper it did not write itself as an annex to one of its paper.
The draft recommendations clearly ask for an EU strategy on SDGs to coordinate and support action to implement SDGs. It also includes a point on the need for an open governance and a territorial approach to SDGs.

 
18 Jun
 

The CoR presents SDGs recommendations to the Council

The CoR presented the draft recommendations of the SDGs Platform during the meeting of the Council Working Group on SDGs on 14 June. These draft recommendations - to be adopted by the members of the plaform on 11 October, were well-received by the members of the working group. They praised the work of the platform and suggested for the EU platform to also meet the national platforms.

 
14 Jun
 

CoR meets European Commission members of cabinets to discuss the Reflection Paper on a sustainable Europe by 2030

As members of the drafting group of the SDGs for the elaboration of recommendations for the EC Reflection Paper on a sustainable Europe by 2030 to be published by the end of the year, the CoR, together with Concord, the Social Platform, the EEB and CSR Europe, met the cabinets of EC First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, and Vice President Jyrki Katainen, both co-responsible for the elaboration of the Reflection Paper. They presented the latest version of the draft recommendations.

 
12 Jun
 

CoR participate in the 1st Meeting of the EU Multi-stakeholders platform on SDGs

On 10 January, CoR member Arnoldas Abramavicius participated in the 1st meeting of the EU multi-stakeholders platform on SDGs. The Platform should support and advise the European Commission and its stakeholders to implement SDGs. Both 1st First Vice-President Timmermans and Vice-President Katainen were present to debate with the 30 members and observers of the Platform. The European Commission informed members that it will publish a reflection paper on the implementation of SDGs focusing on the long-term and laying the basis for a comprehensive growth strategy for post Europe 2020. Recommendations for the Reflection Paper will be issued by the Platform. 2 subgroups were created: one on the MFF and one on the newly created EU sustainability award. The CoR insisted on the importance of localising SDGs if one wants to implement SDGs.
Commissioner Timmermans concluded by stating that the biggest challenge will be to understand that everything is linked with everything and that we should translate it in concrete answers quickly.

 
10 Jan
 

Stakeholder consultation on Next steps for a sustainable European future - European action for sustainability

At the meeting Ulf Bjornholm, UNEP, presented the vision of the One UN policy group on Agenda 2030 in Brussels; Luana Natali, UNDP intervened on the localization of the SDGs; Nikos Gamouras from ALDA presented the LADDER project and its results.

Andrea Ciambra from UCLG presented the Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization GOLD IV (2016). The report is a triennial publication on urban and regional development, which analyses and compares the current situation of local governments all over the world.

During the discussion the representatives of the Council of Europe and Emilia Romana Region took the floor.

 
09 Feb