The circular economy package is key to support the shift towards more circularity. Crucial for its momentum are the finance and stakeholder platforms that the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and the European Economic and Social Committee are currently developing. BusinessEurope fully supports these important initiatives and is committed to play its part in making them successful. An important way to do so is through the launch of the circular economy industry platform, which will show what EU business is doing already but also what challenges it faces when moving to more circularity.

To encourage a constructive debate around the good practices and challenges faced by business, we are organising this event, which will consist of two panels. The first will examine how to engage the private sector, the second will broaden the discussion with member states.

The programme below is still under development. Speakers will be added as and when confirmed. Check this page for updates.

Venue: BusinessEurope

168, Avenue de Cortenbergh, 1000 Brussels

Draft programme

14.30 – 15.00      Registration

15.00 – 15.20      Welcome and introduction

  • Markus J. Beyrer, Director General, BusinessEurope
  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President, European Commission

15.20 – 16.20      Panel discussion – Engaging the private sector

The first panel will look at what challenges European businesses from different backgrounds and sizes face when moving to more circularity, with a focus on awareness raising and making the business case.

Moderated by MEP Pavel Telička, Vice-President of the European Parliament, and followed by Qs&As. With:

  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President, European Commission
  • Riikka Joukio, Senior Vice President Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, METSÄ GROUP
  • Carl de Maré, Chief Technology Officer and Vice-President Emerging Technologies, ArcelorMittal
  • Vibeke Svendsen, Chief Executive Officer, Envotherm

16.20 – 16.40      Coffee break

16.40 – 17.40      Panel discussion – Engaging the member states

The second panel will discuss ways to ensure that all member states are actively involved in the shift towards more circular economy in Europe.

Moderated by MEP Pavel Telička, Vice-President, European Parliament, and followed by Qs&As. With:

  • Ado Lõhmus, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Environment, Estonia
  • Jaromír Manhart, Director for the Department of Waste, Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic
  • Hanna Will-Szczepankowska, Minister Counsellor and Head of Economic and Trade Section, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland

17.40 – 18.00      Concluding remarks

  • Kęstutis Sadauskas, Director for circular economy and green growth, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Alexandre Affre, Industrial Affairs Director, BusinessEurope

Source: BusinessEurope

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