Sustainable consumption and production (SCP) is high on the political agenda in the European region. The extent to which SCP related policy has been implemented in different countries in the region reflects the widely divergent levels of economic development, political structure and differences in governance. The broad framework of the EU 2020 Strategy, - entitled EUROPE 2020 Strategy: A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth - ties economic growth to sustainability and social cohesion.
The SCP policy framework in the European Union (EU) is a key aspect of its approach to sustainable development (SD), in line with the SCP goals in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and the Cardiff Process, which promoted the integration of environmental considerations into sectoral policies. The EU Sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and Sustainable Industrial Policy (SIP) action plan was established by the European Union in 2008, contributing to the common challenge of promoting SCP and resource efficiency, through 5 priorities including: better products, smarter consumption, cleaner production and action at the global level. In addition, the Sixth Environment Action Programme of the European Community (6th EAP) identified the environmental goals for the period 2002-2012 and mandated seven thematic strategies relating to air, waste prevention and recycling, the marine environment, soil, pesticides, natural resources and the urban environment.
Despite the fact that the South Eastern Europe (SEE) and Eastern Europe as well as the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) countries have not yet adopted a regional strategy on SCP, dedicated national SCP action plans have been developed by some of these countries.
First meeting of the Western Europe and Others Group (WEOG) National Focal Points on SCP/ 10YFP (9-10 July 2013, Paris, France). National focal points gathered to have an overview of the 10YFP and its progress, discuss the role of the national focal points and identify actions and synergies at the national and regional level to support the 10YFP implementation. Strong commitment to the 10YFP was expressed, and with actions already undertaken at national levels such as the organization by some national focal points of national inter-ministerial meetings to discuss actions to support the 10YFP. In addition, Norway and Sweden announced pledges to the 10YFP and its Trust Fund.