On April 9, The Council adopted its conclusions concerning the Reflection Paper “Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030’’, adopted the European Commission in January 2019.
The Council stressed that ‘’there is a strong and urgent need to shift to a comprehensive, overarching and ambitious approach at EU level, which builds upon elements of the scenarios presented in the
Commission's Reflection Paper, in order to swiftly, thoroughly and vigorously achieve the SDGs by 2030’’. According to the Council, the Commission’s strategy should encompass a clear roadmap for addressing challenges and opportunities outlined in Reflection Paper, possibly also in the form of action plans and sectoral strategies, prepared where appropriate by high-level expert groups.
According to the Council, the success of the Commission’s strategy also depends upon the strengthening of the Multi-Stakeholder Platform on the SDGs – of which CSR Europe is a leading member, thanks to the support of its network in shaping its position. The platform is expected to have an important role in the preparation process as well as in implementing and monitoring the EU implementation strategy for the 2030 Agenda. Moreover, the Council calls for membership in the Multi-Stakeholder Platform to be inclusive and representative and ensure the involvement of Member States.
In the views of the Council, private sector has a key role in achieving the SDGs through market-based partnerships, investments and business models in line with Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles.