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In the study, commissioned by the European Parliament, and summarized in this chapter, we take stock of how the EU and EU Member States have responded to the challenges posed by the SDGs. The study analyses and compares the governance frameworks, institutions and mechanisms put in place in EU Member States and at the EU level to implement the SDGs. It in particular captures the roles and activities of national parliaments, and presents a policy-relevant assessment of the ‘readiness’ to achieve SDGs by 2030.

We provide a comprehensive and current (early 2019) overview of the existing and planned governance frameworks in all the 28 EU Member States based on a clear methodological approach present an in-depth overview of these governance frameworks through the lens of seven governance elements, highlight examples of good practices, and provide observations and reflections. For the EU level, we present an overview of the steps taken by the EU institutions for Agenda 2030 implementation, and an overview on how the seven governance elements feature at EU level. The report also takes stock of the activities by national parliaments in EU Member States.

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