The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting a new Opinion on
the SDGs, scheduled for adoption at the plenary session of 30 June 2021.
It has been over a year since the entry into function of the new European
Commission College and the decision to implement the SDGs with the European
Green Deal and their integration in the European Semester. The CoR is now
calling on EU regions and cities to express their views on the work done so
far, considering that the engagement on the SDGs at EU level has a real
impact on action at local and regional level.
In the context of the pandemic and the ongoing need for a sustainable
recovery, CoR Rapporteur Ricardo Rio (PT/EPP), Mayor of Braga, is committed
to gathering feedback from local and regional authorities on their
implementation of SDGs and to relay their message and need for support.
the CoR will host a stakeholders consultation on Thursday 25 February
from 10.30 until 12.00.
Speakers will include representatives from Eurocities, SDGWatch, CSR Europe
Participants will be invited to share their comments and their experience
on SDGs at local, regional, national and European level.
The most recent documents published by the European Commission on SDGs –
Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy
(European Semester) and the
Staff Working Document on Delivering on the UN's SDGs by 2030
– will be the basis for the CoR Opinion. The rapporteur hopes to initiate a
fruitful dialogue on SDGs between the CoR, the European Commission, and
various stakeholders. In addition, the Opinion will provide recommendations
to speed up the implementation of the SDGs at all levels, and deliver
specific recommendations for the next edition of the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2022. The Opinion will aim to
better integrate the SDGs into the European Semester, and making a
connection between the SDGs and the Recovery and Resilience Facility, for a
truly sustainable recovery.
Registrations are open until Tuesday 23 February 17.30
We look forward to seeing you then!