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This report includes the gaps and the recommendations for policy-makers to bring the European Green Deal closer to citizens.

Main objectives of the report

  • Assess the gaps of the EGD towards achieving the SDGs and the United Nations 2030 Agenda
  • Identify the EGD's shortcomings and disconnections from other relevant processes​
  • Monitoring the progress and provide key concrete recommendations​

Key gaps and recommendations for policy-makers
To ensure complementarity with policy processes and frameworks and adequate monitoring and accountability of the EGD:

  • Implement a long-term and horizontal strategy to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an overarching framework for EGD policies.
  • Encourage participation by citizens and non-institutional actors, promoting Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development.
  • Prioritize meaningful participation, inclusion, and outreach to marginalized and underrepresented groups.
  • Strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) and citizens to participate in policy-making processes.

To address the unsustainable impacts of production and consumption beyond the EU's borders:

  • Introduce a target for reduced material use of 70% across the EU by 2050.
  • Prioritize new economic models over extractive and inefficient systems, supporting green jobs and improving social welfare.
  • Ensure investment decisions align with environmental and sustainability policies, supporting local sustainable activities and the cooperative economy.

To redefine the social dimension of the EGD:

  • Adopt a human rights-based approach with an intersectional and participatory focus.
  • Foster transdisciplinary and multi-sectoral approaches with a strong scientific evidence base.
  • Redefine concepts of equality and discrimination to include multiple categories of identity and address systemic and institutional dimensions of oppression.

To strengthen civil society organisations' role in the EGD:

  • Strengthen capacity-building efforts and support for CSOs to contribute meaningfully.
  • Promote monitoring and reporting on the EGD to hold the EU accountable.
  • Enhance civil society participation in decision-making through transparent communication and sufficient time for participation.

In times of crisis, prioritise long-term vision and objectives, facilitating a just transition that leaves no one behind. Civil society organisations will continue to support environmental and social policymaking and work together for a transformative Green Deal.

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REALDEAL gap assessment