Étienne Davignon, President of CSR Europe, together with Raphael Weyland, EU Conservation Policy Officer at Birdlife, and Masha Smirnova, Policy & Advocacy Adviser at Social Platform, met with the European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans to handover an Advisory Report by the multi-stakeholder platform on SDGs on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the EU.
The document outlines recommendations for the European Commission to implement the SDGs through adjusting the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) of the European Union. The main recommendation of the report is to mainstream sustainable development throughout the next EU budget.
“The Platform reached a rapid and broad consensus to recommend the European Commission to make sustainability a ‘red-thread’ in the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework”, said Étienne Davignon at the meeting.
The report outlines that reaching the SDGs is not just about a new spending priority, but also making sure that every single Euro of the budget is spent in a sustainable manner. Financial support is seen as crucial to implement the 2030 Agenda outlining the SDGs, both internally and externally.
The platform recommends nine specific measures to the Commission in terms of the MFF, which among others include:
- adjusting the Better Regulation Guidelines to improve impact assessment;
- introducing regular assessments and conditionalities to the suspension of EU funds;
- setting binding expenditure targets for climate, biodiversity or social inclusion;
- introducing annual sustainable development surveys to help channeling EU funding; etc.
CSR Europe is one of the members of the EU multi-stakeholder platform on SDGs, chaired by the EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans. The Platform was set up by the European Commission in 2017 to support and advise the Commission on the implementation of the SDGs in the European Union.