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The SDSN was commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to identify ways to strengthen evidence based policy making in the EU in the context of the SDGs and Agenda 2030. The study on “Exposing EU policy gaps to address the Sustainable Development Goals” highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the current official monitoring of the SDGs conducted by the European Commission via Eurostat and makes 4 recommendations to the EESC to strengthen the involvement of civil society organizations in the measurement and implementation of the SDGs. The main recommendation is to set up an SDG “shadow report” process that would complement the official reporting and would provide a regular assessment of EU members states’ distance to targets using a mix of official and non-official indicators.