CIRCULAR ECONOMY – Silver bullet for the EU’s competitiveness and sustainability?

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The debate will focus on the European Commission’s new Circular Economy Package and its implications for Europe’s competitiveness and sustainability.

/ What does the new package promise and how does it address Europe’s competitiveness and sustainability needs?
/ Will the proposed measures be enough to make a sound shift in business models and consumer behaviour?
/ What barriers are still blocking the scaling up of circular economy practices in Europe?
/ And what can Europe do to mainstream the circular economy across the world?

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08.30 – 09.00 Registration of participants


09.45 End of debate

Moderated by
Tamsin Rose / Non-Resident Fellow at Friends of Europe


  • Jyrki Katainen

    European Commission Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
    Before joining the European Commission, Jyrki Katainen served as Prime Minister of Finland from 2011 to 2014. As European Commission Vice President, he is directly responsible of Jean-Claude Juncker’s €315 billion Investment Plan for Europe and the implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), focusing on removing obstacles to investment, providing visibility and technical assistance to investment projects and making smarter use of new and existing financial resources. While he was Minister of Finance, Katainen was commended as the ‘Best Finance Minister in Europe’ by The Financial Times in 2008.

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