The SDGs in the EU: what now?

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The EU played an influential role in the negotiations of the 2030 Agenda and has committed to implementing the SDGs both in its internal and external policies. 

Yet, almost three years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the EU must still develop an overarching vision to put in place and monitor the SDGs in its strategies and policies. Policies to implement the SDGs in the EU come within different areas of competence, which means that to achieve any SDG in the EU or in any given Member State, action needs to be taken at both EU and at national level.

So far, the EU presented several fragmented initiatives, and it still needs to provide more  guidance to engage in the active implementation of the SDGs. 

Some examples of initiatives

  • On 22 November 2016, the EU presented a strategic package for achieving sustainable development in Europe and around the world. However, there was little new information about how the EU intends to make the 2030 Agenda a reality in Europe.
  • On the 22nd May 2017, the EU multi-stakeholder platform on SDGs was created. Individuals and organisations were asked to apply to engage in the initiative to support and advise the European Commission and other stakeholders on the implementation of the SDGs in the EU. EDF applied in November 2017 but was not successful.
  • On 19th May 2017, the Council adopted a new European Consensus on Development.  EDF welcomed the document as it brings a new shift with a true inclusion of persons with disabilities and a real policy effort to implement and monitor the CRPD. See our article here.
  • On the 31st May 2017, EUROSTAT published its own set of SDGs indicators comprised of 100 indicators and structured along the 17 SDGs. The set includes 15 disability indicators where data “disaggregation is possible”. However, the document lacks a clear alignment with the targets and the indicators of the SDGs, where for instance, the disability indicators of the global framework have disappeared. See our position paper here.