11.04.2011 / News - EU Level

Flagship initiative “Sustainable Growth”

Last of the Europe 2020 flagship initiatives launched

This strategy is the seventh and last of the Europe 2020 flagship initiatives which aim at building smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for Europe. It establishes resource efficiency as the guiding principle for EU policies on energy, transport, climate change, industry, commodities, agriculture, fisheries, biodiversity and regional development. By using synergies across these policy-areas, the strategy will be instrumental in reaching a variety of EU objectives, from reducing European greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95% by 2050 to reforming the agricultural and fisheries sectors, from reducing food insecurity in developing countries to making the Union more resilient to future rises in global energy and commodity prices.
The strategy already lists a number of specific initiatives to be tabled in 2011, e.g.:
- A low-carbon economy roadmap 2050;
- A 2020 energy efficiency plan;
- A white paper on the future of transport;
- An energy roadmap 2050
- A roadmap for a resource-efficient Europe;
- Reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy, the Common Fisheries Policy,
Cohesion Policy, energy infrastructure and trans-European transport networks;
- A new EU biodiversity strategy for 2020;
- Measures regarding commodity markets and on raw materials.
The Commission will now make concrete proposals in these policy areas. Their implementation will be monitored in the framework of the Europe 2020 strategy.

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