Commission 'reflection paper' arrives too late and misses the plot

Today the European Commission released their reflection paper “Towards a sustainable future by 2030”. The paper forms part of the EU's firm commitment to deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.  

Raphael Weyland, working for BirdLife Europe in the Commission's SDGs Multi-Stakeholder Platform:

“This paper is a nice gesture from the Commission but arrives far too late and ignores policies that are being drafted right now. The Commission finally admits that the EU needs to change to be more sustainable, but has done nothing to change for the past five years.  This stubborn refusal persists even as they look ahead to the next seven years in discussions about the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). As they approach the final days of their mandate,  it is painfully obvious in this just-released brainstorming paper that the Commission has completely failed to deliver on sustainability. Crowing about being frontrunners in sustainability is laughable. For the EU to peach to the rest of the world on how they should do better is just not acceptable. The next Commission must make Sustainable Development and the implementation of the UN’s SDGs its priority. They must mainstream environmental concerns into all EU policy fields.”


BirdLife Europe is member of the Multi-Stakeholder Platform on the implementation of the SDGs of the European Commission. Therein, BirdLife Europe (also through its partners RSPB and NABU) supported the platform's work on a proper contribution to the Commissions Reflection Paper.