Sustainable development requires human ingenuity. People are the most important resource. We should never forget that competitive sustainability has always been at the heart of our social market economy.
The concept of sustainability is deeply rooted in European policies, where over 40 years ago, Europe set up some of the world’s highest environmental standards and ambitious climate policies and championed the Paris Agreement.
Sustainable development is a key element underpinning the notion of sustainability, which has been at the heart of the European project from the start and is enshrined in the various European Treaties which give recognition to its economic, social and environmental dimensions that should be tackled simultaneously. Development must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.