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 - Katainen leads the Commission’s project team “Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness”, which is hoped to mobilise up to €300 billion in additional public and private investment over the next three years. He coordinates the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy and Europe's economic growth strategy, and has co-chaired the project team preparing the recently adopted Circular Economy Package. Before joining the Juncker Commission, he was Prime Minister of Finland (2011-2014) and chairman of the National Coalition Party (2004-2014).

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