SDGs should be mainstreamed in all EU policies, in primis in the deepening of the single market, within the economic governance of the EU, and in the new Multiannual Financial Framework. The EU and Member States should be able to mobilise own resources to shelter people when correcting macroeconomic imbalances resulting from the adverse effects of economic crisis.

    National plans submitted in line with the timetable of the European Semester have to pave the way for SDG implementation.

    The ETUC will encourage and be committed to thematic and peer reviews to look at and learn from those that traditionally perform better. For that purpose, the ETUC will work together with the TUDCN to harmonise monitoring and reporting methods, agendas and timeframes, in the EU and worldwide. The monitoring and reporting process of the TUDCN will be integrated into and synergised with the ETUC Semester toolkit.

    A trade union focus on the SDGs – Poland

    With over 10 per cent of those in employment classified as working poor, Polish trade unions highlight that more needs to be done on wage-setting policies to progress towards the SDGs. Other obstacles hindering the country from advancing include state fiscal policies, and public services policies. Poland does not spend enough on social policy as a proportion of GDP. As such, trade unions are calling for increased expenditure, including raising the amount of social benefits and broadening the group of people entitled to them.

    Download the full Polish case here

    A trade union focus on the SDGs - Latvia

    In terms of access to information on the SDG implementation process, the picture doesn’t look too bleak in Latvia. Trade unions report being able to provide their input and welcome the fact that part of their recommendations are being taken on board, but the process remains informal and too much on an ad hoc basis. Efforts need to be done to strengthen sectoral collective bargaining, to increase workers’ income, and to decrease the percentage of the population at risk of poverty.

    Download the full Latvian case here

    A trade union focus on the SDGs - Norway

    Ranking top of the human development index in 2015, Norway comes from a strong starting point. However, trade unions note that the implementation process of the SDGs has not been quite as exemplary. In particular, they suggest that further efforts could be made to ensure better coherence among the different responsible ministries. In terms of ways forward, trade unions suggest that renewed efforts will need to be made with regard to implementing a just transition.

    Download the full Norwegian case here

    A trade union focus on the SDGs - Spain

    Spanish trade unions highlight some delays to the integration of the SDGs into national policies by the previous government. A work plan on the issue has yet to be finalised and consultation remains at hoc. Meanwhile, indicators highlight the need for improvement, particularly on gender equality and income inequality. Better provisions for consultation, allowing actors to be informed on the status of implementation of the SDGs and provide input on how to improve performance on individual targets are needed.

    Download the full Spanish case here

    A trade union focus on the SDGs - Finland

    Trade unions in Finland report a mixed picture on progress towards the SDGs. However, income inequality is on the rise and collective bargaining coverage is falling, meaning that societal strains are increasingly being borne by the most vulnerable. Trade unions stress the need to reverse these trends. Transparency and consultation have been positive points, the application of social dialogue, less so. Among the recommendations, trade unions suggest reinforcing the attribution of financial allocations for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

    Download the full Finnish case here

    A trade union focus on the SDGs - Belgium

    While some progress is visible in Belgium, certain issues regarding the implementation process remain to be addressed. Platforms for civil society engagement exist although questions as to their commitment to truly open consultation remain unaddressed. Trade unions also call for a greater commitment to a just transition which does not leave workers behind.

    Download the full Belgian case here

    A trade union focus on the SDGs - Italy

    The Italian government’s engagement on the SDGs is not always straightforward, nor is it planned in a holistic way. This is particularly true when it comes to the integration of labour rights policies. Trade union analysis reveals that, if the SDGs are to be achieved in Italy, a greater commitment is needed and that more coordination is required at the implementation level in particular.

    Download the full Italian case here

    A trade union focus on the SDGs - Sweden

    While Sweden is only entering the implementation phase, the planning phase has been thorough, open and transparent. Trade unions highlight some issues that need to be addressed, most notably persisting gender inequalities and rising economic inequality. The government’s flagship Global Deal initiative as well as its focus on gender issues and climate action result in a foreign policy that is directly aligned with the 2030 Agenda.

    Download the full Italian case here

    Raising awareness on SDGs amid workers and trade union leaders: decent work, climate neutrality and rule of law.

    In its Resolution for a sustainable Europe by 2030, the ETUC stressed that sustainability starts from quality jobs, identifying the European Pillar of Social Rights a key policy framework to achieve the social objectives of the 2030 Agenda. It also proposed a transversal reading of SDGs aimed at changing our production patterns to reduce emissions, limit the ecological footprint of products, activate circular economy, while supporting transformative processes with measures for “just transitions”.

     This project aims at spreading information and raising awareness of SDGs and the UN2030 Agenda in the trade union movement in Europe, from the workplace up to the TU leaders. The objective is also to inform and raise awareness on how SDGs impact the main European and international policy programmes.

    During the main phase, 4 regional events will be organised by the ETUC in cooperation with its affiliates. 

     A final conference “Trade Unions for a Sustainable Europe 2030: taking stock of progresses and the way ahead.” will be organised to spread out results and outcomes of the project and deliver political conclusions and recommendations to the EU and national policy-makers. 

    The project will build ownership of the UN2030 among workers and will reinforce commitment of trade union leaders with the achievement of SDGs, also making a better use of collective bargaining and social dialogue (democracy and partnerships). Involvement of youth organisations of trade unions is a way to ensure a lasting impact of the SDGs within the trade union movement. The main result is an improved knowledge and awareness of the UN2030 agenda among trade unions. It goes together with an increased capacity to harness the complex implications of the SDGs with the European Pillar of Social Rights and EU Semester.

    PPT presenting the activites planned for rasing awareness:

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    Project co-financed by the European Commission, DG Employment (EU Project VS-2019-0278, Budget line VP_2019_002).


    SCIENTIFIC PARTNER            ASviS                  

    The   ASviS (Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development) was established on February 3rd, 2016, upon the initiative of the Unipolis Foundation and the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. The Alliance already brings together over 220 member organizations among the most important civil society institutions and networks.

    At the international level, ASviS is:

    an Associated Partner of the European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN), the informal network of institutional entities, associations and experts that have been working on sustainable development policies and strategies since 2003;

    a member of SDG Watch Europe, an EU-level, cross-sectoral CSO alliance of NGOs focusing on development, environment, social, human rights and other sectors;

    part of the United Nations Partnerships for SDGs platform, which provides global engagement for multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments from all stakeholders devoted to support the implementation of the SDGs;

    registered in the EU Transparency Register, jointly run by the EU Parliament and Commission;

    a member of Europe Ambition 2030, a civil society coalition launched by ASviS and other international organizations with the aim of revising EU governance and policies in the light of the SDGs so as to turn them into the basis for all EU actions.

    The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) already developed an innovative methodology to synthetically monitor several dimensions of SDG8 and provide evidence on the progress towards the achievement of SDG8 for the entire world. Data have been already presented to several international fora, including the High-Level Political Forum held in New York in July 2019.

    ASviS (2019a) Italy and the Sustainable Development Goals, ASviS Report 

    ASviS (2019b) The European Union and the Sustainable Development Goals 


    With the financial support of the European Commission DG Employment

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