Spotlight Report on Sustainability in Europe: Who is paying the bill? (Negative) impacts of EU policies and practices in the world

Global transition

Coordinated by SDG Watch Europe and launched at the UN High Level Political Forum on the SDGs in July 2019, this report shadows the EU’s own assessment of its progress on Agenda 2030 by looking at the negative externalities and spill-over effects of EU policies in developing countries.

Taking Policy Coherence for Development into account means making sure all EU policies are consistent with sustainable development, closely monitoring spill-over effects and setting goals to limit them. The EU’s Eurostat SDG reporting does not include externalities and or any indicator on spill-over effects.

This report focuses on some important EU policy areas where there is an urgent need for action. CAN Europe’s contribution, Chapter 12: Climate Policies: the case for higher ambition highlights the People’s Climate Case’s Kenyan Plaintiffs and the use of litigation to push the EU to raise its 2030 climate ambition, which needs to be brought in line 1.5 to support the achievement of sustainable development.

Spotlight Report on Sustainability in Europe: Who is paying the bill?



EU Parliament Scoreboard​: Protectors, Procrastinators & Prehistoric Thinkers

New in-depth data research from five leading climate and environment organisations reveals that only a minority of MEPs during the 2019 – 2024 mandate acted to protect Europe’s climate, nature and air quality. The majority of MEPs acted instead as either procrastinators or prehistoric thinkers, delaying real action with patchy and inconsistent voting records, or worse, completely failing to rise to the challenge of the crises Europe is facing.

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