Green Eight Review of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy

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Courtesy of European Environmental Bureau

In this period in history, the political climate is not very favourable to the changes required for sustainable development. At the time of the publication of the European Commission’s Communication ‘A Sustainable Europe for a Better World’ (May 2001) political ambitions were higher than nowadays. Nevertheless, the urgency to act has not decreased but increased, as trends on environmental burdens and impacts are for the large part still negative, despite several decades of environmental policy-making.

In the past years, we have seen a pattern emerging of promoting sustainable strategies and policies in theory, while afterwards sectoral and/or national interests in the Commission and Councils prevent proper implementation. This is a governance issue as much as an environmental problem and is a major barrier to achieving our goals. But even proper, comprehensive, monitoring of all commitments was not done.

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