"Sustainable Development Indicators at the EU level"

29 - 30 November 2007, Cascais, Portugal

The 1st ESDN Workshop was hosted by the ESDN in cooperation with the Portuguese EU Presidency. The workshop was entitled "Sustainable Development Indicators at the EU level" and it took place in Cascais, a seaport in close proximity to Lisbon on 29-30 November 2007. The key purpose of the workshop was to facilitate an informal exchange of standpoints and experiences on sustainable development indicators (SDIs) at the EU level among different groups of public administrators who approach and work with SDIs in different ways. The main objective was to discuss governance related aspects of SDIs. Methodological challenges in developing and applying SDIs were explicitly excluded from the workshop.

Keynote presentations
Session 1: The political value-added of a European set of SDIs

Sustainable Development Indicators on European level: Where is the value-added?

Martin Ahbe: Secretariat-General of the European Commission, Belgium

Results of 3 parallel working groups

Working Group 1

Working Group 2

Working Group 3

Session 2: Visibility of the Eurostat SDI set and the EU SDS at the EU level and in Member States

EU Sustainable Development Indicators: Monitoring the Sustainable Development Strategy

Pascal Wolff: Eurostat, Luxembourg

Empirical findings on links between objectives and indicators on the EU and national levels

Markus Hametner: ESDN Office, Austria

Session 3: SDIs as a tool to communicate SD trends and policies