Towards a sustainable Europe by 2030

April, 2019

Enhanced and Transformational Partnerships

A leap forward for living well, within the limits of our planet.

For more information and the additional documents: 

Appeal to European Council.

Enhanced and Transformational Partnership.



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Responsible Finance Roundtable presents

Brussels, March 22nd 2019

Place: Avenue Louise 106

1050, Brussels Belgium

Time: 10.30 - 16.00 

On Friday, 22 March 2019, the RFI Foundation, KU Leuven Centre for Economics & Ethics and European Partners for the Environment will hold a roundtable on responsible finance, Islamic finance and impact investment in Brussels, Belgium hosted by DLA Piper. Space is extremely limited. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. 
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Registration, refreshments and networking

Welcome and introductions

Session 1: Introduction to Islamic finance

Session 2: Innovation in Responsible Finance

Session 3: Innovation in Social and Impact Finance



Four case study presentations


Coffee & networking



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Paris, April 12th 2019

Place: à l'OCDE «OECD Auditorium»
2 rue André Pascal 
Paris 16ème
Time: 10.00 - 17.30

In February 2018, Comité 21 organized its first annual forum, devoted to ecological citizenship. In 2019, the year of the European elections, the second edition will be dedicated to the study of ecological citizenship in Europe. In partnership with the OECD and with the support of the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition and ADEME, we will examine the new expressions of ecological citizenship in Europe and how they can impact the pace of ecological transition but also the construction of the European Union. Several speakers from different countries of the European Union will be invited to take place of this citizenship and reflect on the impact of this citizenship on public and private organizations and institutions. Around this original theme, the debates should address both the role of European citizens in the ecological and energy transition and that of the European Union to implement this transition, in particular from the 2030 Agenda. Access is free but registration is mandatory. As the OECD auditorium has only a limited number of seats, you are strongly advised to book your seat now. Register here

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor comite 21        Afbeeldingsresultaat voor european partnership environment


Upcoming Events 

Bucharest, April 16th 2019

Romania EU Presidency. Implementation of the Agenda 2030, by the European Union Member States, Eastern Partnership countries, Western Balkans countries, Central Asia countries.

Rome, May 21 & 22 2019

Opening of the Italian Festival on Sustainable Development. European Conference.  Second Conference on SDGs, climate and the future of Europe. ‘A Leap Forward’.

London, June 2019

Fourth Conference on Value based Investors and the SDGs ‘A Financial Spring for People and Planet’ including, in particular initiatives dedicated to Millennials and blockchain for inclusive and sustainable finance.


EPE Board meeting 2019

Brussels, February 25th 2019

European Economic and Social Committee 


International Workshop: Which alliances to transform Europe on the basis of Agenda 2030?

Brussels, February 25th, 2019

Venue: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) 74 Rue de Trèves, Room TRE 7701 (7th Floor) Brussels, Belgium. This event is an initiative of the EESC and Europe Ambition 2030

Chair:  Mr. Peter Schmidt, EESC Sustainable Development Observatory President, Mr. Enrico Giovannini, European Ambition 2030


International Workshop on: Water- Employment Migration in the Mediterranean

Barcelona, October 31st, 2018 

Hosted by: GWP-MED and EPE in the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean. Supported on the side of GEWP MED by the Sida-financed project 'Making Water Cooperation Happen in the Mediterranean' and on the side of EPE by the French Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition (tbc). 

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International Conference: Inclusive Finance for Social Inclusion

Buenos Aires, September 20-21st, 2018

After two Conferences in Rome 2016 and 2017 with the participation of Cardinal Turkson and representatives of other churches on how to mobilize Value based Investors in support to the SDGs, a third one 'Inclusive finance for social inclusion' will take place in Buenos Aires on September 20-21st 2018, hosted by the Bank of Argentine Nation and in view of the G20. Cardinal Turkson and other religions dignitaries including from Islamic finance will attend. This is where the partnership agreement on Sustainable and Inclusive Finance would be signed. 


International workshop on: "A New Successful Economic, Industrial, Financial, Territorial Management Model"

Bologna, July 18-19, 2018 

In cooperation with the European Movement Italy and ASviS, this 2-day workshop aims to provide an overview of leading initiatives in the field of integrated, multi-stakeholder cooperations addressing SDG's, Resource Efficiency, Circular Economy, etc. and will prepare a European joint initiative and specific recommendations.


Conference on: SDGs, climate and the future of Europe

Milan, May 31st, 2018

Hosted by: UniCredit in Milan

Organized by: The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development ( ASviS) 

In partnership with the group: Europe Ambition 2030, including EPE

The report will be available soon. 

More info at: 


EPE General Assembly 2018 

European Economic and Social Committee, 

Brussels, April 18th, 2018              


2nd Rome Conference of Value Based Investors & SDGs

The New Frontier

Sustainable Finance and Care

Presented by the 'Capital Stewardship and SDGs Platform' Support Group


Keynote speaker: H.E. Cardinal Turkson

Place of venue:     Via San Nicola da Tolentino, 72 - 00187 Roma

Date:                        September 8th 2017



 Rome, 23 March 2017


At the international conference Europe Ambition 2030 Laura Boldrini and Pier Carlo Padoan remind us that the only possible model of development is one envisaged in the context of the UN’s 2030 Agenda and that the EU must have a leading role in advancing it. [LEGGI IN ITALIANO]

The international conference “Europe Ambition 2030 - Make Europe the world leader of sustainable development: a unique opportunity to build a stronger European Union” took place today, upon the initiative of ASviS and other international organizations, in the Italian Chamber of deputies’ Sala della Regina on the occasion of the Sixtieth anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. It was a great achievement and the issues addressed proved to be of considerable interest for both the attendees and the social media public, with the hashtag #EuropeAmbition reaching over 1 million accounts on Twitter and registering almost 7 million impressions.

The organisers of the event, who promoted the coalition Europe Ambition 2030, discussed how Eu governance and policies should be redesigned to encompass the realization of the SDGs as a new basis for the achievement of the Union’s aim to “promote peace, its values and the wellbeing of its peoples” (art. 3, Lisbon Treaty).

The discussions were introduced by the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini, who emphasized the need to rethink our pace: “Implementing the UN’s 2030 Agenda means building a more democratic Europe. Let us not forget that the European Union stemmed from social justice considerations. One may ask: where did we lose our way? We must aim at a “triple social A” for our Continent, as suggested by the report issued by the Committee of experts we consulted after widespread public consultations”. She continued: “The time is now, we have to act now”.

The minister of the Economy Pier Carlo Padoan stated that “Growth cannot but be inclusive and sustainable. Or else there will be no growth”. Demonstrating the Italian government’s commitment to promoting inclusive growth, the minister also announced the inclusion of the Bes indicators (Equitable and sustainable wellbeing indicators - Benessere equo e sostenibile), useful for the social evaluation of economic policies, in the next Economic and Financial Document, along with gender budgeting to assess the impact of reforms on women and men.

Enrico Giovannini, Céline Charveriat and Tom Vereijken’s speeches focused on the relationship between the 2030 Agenda and the evolution of the Eu. “The Europe we are aiming at must bravely reaffirm its values, recognize the urgency of the economic, social and environmental challenges it is facing and place the objectives envisaged by the UN’s 2030 Agenda at the centre of its policies”, declared Giovannini, spokesman of ASviS.

According to Céline Charveriat, Executive Director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (Ieep), “60 years since the Rome Treaties it is time for Europeans to reunite. Achieving the sustainable development goals by 2030 will build a safer, more just and sustainable Europe”.

“Today we launch a great coalition of organizations, champions of sustainability representing businesses, civil society and the public sector. This coalition is designing a new vision for “Our” Europe, introducing a new narrative for the Eu and its citizens”, stated Vereijken, president of European Partners for the Environment (Epe).

Following the above, two roundtables of discussion focused on the role of non-state actors and on their partnership with public institutions. The event also saw the participation of a number of “young leaders” discussing the need to relaunch the European project.

The organisers of the Europe Ambition 2030 Conference drafted a “sixth scenario” for Europe titled “Transforming Our Europe”, building on the fact that the five advanced by the Eu Commission in its White Paper on the future of the Union have been generally considered unsatisfactory. This new scenario is centred on governance and other innovations that could reshape the structure of the Eu across the 2017-2019 timeframe, before the elections take place. The aim is for Europe to better serve and protect its citizens, empower non-state actors, foster a news system of development and ensure resilience by bringing forth new forms of collaboration with its neighbours.

ASviS and the other international organizations of the Europe Ambition 2030 coalition also invited those who believe in a European transformation to co-sign an open letter to the Heads of State and Government to promote the role of Europe as the world’s SDGs frontrunner.

Over 150 European Champions have already responded to our call (see the list of signatories). Towards the end of the Conference, the letter with the list of signatories was handed to José Herrera, minister for Sustainable development, the environment and climate change of the government of Malta, which holds the presidency of the Council of Europe this semester.




For the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties, a number of organizations invite Eu Champions to co-sign an open letter to the Heads of State and Government. [LEGGI IN ITALIANO]

March 23rd will mark the Sixtieth anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. On that occasion, the international conference “Europe Ambition 2030 - Make Europe the world leader of sustainable development: a unique opportunity to build a stronger European Union” will represent a chance to discuss the launch of a new vision for Europe based on the values and objectives of the 2030 Agenda. All European actors, whether Institutions, Member States or non-State actors, are called to contribute to the reshaping of European governance according to the SDGs. Because of this, a number of international organizations invite those who believe in a European transformation to co-sign an open letter to the Heads of State and Government to promote the role of Europe as the world’s SDGs.

To co-sign the Open Letter, please follow this link





Following on the agreement by the Un General Assembly of the “2030 Agenda for sustainable development” in September 2015, the European Commission wrote in the recent Communication “Next steps for a sustainable European future“ (COM(2016) 739 final, 22 November 2016) that “The EU is fully committed to be a frontrunner in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, together with its Member States, in line with the principle of subsidiarity”.

The celebrations of the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Rome Treaties are a great opportunity to launch a process to build a new vision for Europe and a metamorphosis of the European Union based on the values and objectives defined by the Agenda 2030.  


                                             Make Europe the World Leader of Sustainable Development:

                                                 A Unique Opportunity to Build a Stronger European Union

                                                                        Rome, 23 March 2017 9:30 - 13:15

                                                 Chamber of Deputies, Sala della Regina, Via del Seminario 76


This conference will be the opportunity to discuss how European State and Non-State actors should change to become “champions” of the SDGs and demonstrate that the European political, financial, economic and cultural leaderships can get together, to make the EU world champion of sustainable development.


Co-host organisations