In January 2019, the European Commission presented its reflection paper ‘Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030’, reaffirming the EU’s commitment to delivering on the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its implementation.
This intention was first expressed in the European Commission’s Communication ‘Next steps for a sustainable European future: European action for sustainability’ in November 2016.
Both the European Commission and the European Council called for a detailed regular monitoring of the SDGs in an EU context, and the development of a reference indicator framework for this purpose. On the basis of this mandate, Eurostat has been publishing annual monitoring reports on the progress towards the SDGs in an EU context since 2017.
This 2019 edition of the report is based on an indicator set comprising around 100 indicators relevant for monitoring progress towards the 17 SDGs in an EU context. The indicators show that the EU has achieved progress towards many sustainable development objectives, but also point to areas where further effort is needed to put the EU on the right track.