the current legislative term, there has been a strong tendency to give the
topic of sustainability a higher priority in terms of long-term European
policy. In addition to traditional environmental issues, other policy areas
such as economic, fiscal and social policy are also more closely involved.
the focus of the coming legislative term will be to raise awareness in all
policy areas in order to ensure sustainable, positive economic change and a
stable social system for the next generations. As part of making a significant
contribution to a more sustainable Europe, the European Commission follows the UN’s
17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and
the 2017 White
Paper on the Future of Europe, which
serves as the basis for the reflection paper published at the end of January.
aim of the European Commission’s Reflection
Paper: Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030 is to
lay the foundation for further discussion within Europe. Therefore, the paper
includes the potential priorities of the next European Commission, because the
results of the debates will be brought together in a strategic agenda for the
next legislative term 2019-2024. They will be published in June 2019, that is,
after the European elections. Significant parts will certainly flow into the
next work programme of the new Commission.
reflection paper outlines three scenarios, which also directly affect the
German social insurance system and the people it insures. The European Union is
tackling various issues such as the impact and challenges of demographic
change, increased need for long-term care, tighter public finances and the
importance of guaranteeing high-quality healthcare.
scenarios address the implementation of policy objectives in line with the Sustainable
Development Goals such as better social protection and tackling poverty. The
European strategy for sustainable development aims to show the way forward for
the Member States in all policy areas.
reflection paper highlights how important and closely linked social and
economic convergence are at European level in order to maintain a sustainable Europe
with high social and health standards for citizens in the future.