Regions 2030 – Monitoring the SDGs in the EU regions
On 29 November 2022, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, in collaboration with the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy for Eurostat and with the support of the European Parliament and the European Committee of Regions launched the pilot project ‘Monitoring the SDGs in the EU regions – Filling the data gaps – REGIONS2030’. It was proposed by MEP Petros Kokkalis in 2021 and approved by the European Commission in 2022. This project is a follow-up to the latest report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in which the report incentivises the creation of indicators to design a monitoring system for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at their territorial level.
The aim of the project is to inspire EU regions to engage actively in the localisation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and to promote a culture of transparent, data-informed decisions and policymaking. This project involving ten regions, has two main objectives:
- To engage EU regions in the monitoring SDGs processes – to provide a monitoring framework for regional authorities in their respective territories and to support statistical capacities in the data collection, monitoring and evaluation.
- To increase local ownership of the SDGs, openness and transparency in achieved results – to provide tailored trainings to regional authorities for proper collection and analysis of data for ensuring quality and availability of data.
This new pilot project is the first pan-European project to design an SDG monitoring system at their territorial level and will be funded by the European Parliament. The project is scheduled to conclude in December 2023 with four expected outcomes that will serve as a reference guide for the pilot participants and for regions across the EU.
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