Day 1 | Venue: Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels

DAY 1 | 9 March 2017

08.15 | Registration

09.15 | Introduction- An inter-institutional endeavour

  • A sustainable model for the EU and the world, Frans Timmermans – First Vice President of the European Commission
  • Connecting with stakeholders, Georges Dassis – President of the European Economic and Social Committee
  • One year of Circular Economy, Presentation of the report – The ambition goes on – Elżbieta Bieńkowska – Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and Karmenu Vella – Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

10.00 Plenary Session I - Keynotes - The Circular Economy in motion       

  • What a city can do – Guido Braam – Circular Valley
  • What a business can do – Reinhard Schneider – CEO Werner & Mertz

Moderated panel discussion and debate with the audience

The keynote speakers will be joined by:

  • Ladeja Godina Košir, City of Ljubljana, cities and government platform, Circular Change
  • Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director-General of Bureau Européen des Unions des Consommateurs (BEUC)
  • Peter Schmidt, German Food, Beverages and Catering Union, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee
  • Alexandre Affre, Industrial Affairs Director, BusinessEurope

12.00 | Lunch

13.00 | Split-up sessions

During the afternoon, the participants will have the opportunity to discuss in details and share their views on upcoming deliverables and work-streams:

Parallel sessions from 13.00 to 14.30

  • The Plastics Strategy
  • Monitoring Framework
  • Promotion of water reuse

Parallel Sessions from 14.45 to 16.15

  • Options for the interface between waste, chemicals and products legislations
  • Innovation for Circular Economy
  • Product policy for resource efficiency: how to make progress?

16.15 | Coffee break

16.30 | Plenary Session II - Introduction: "A financial endeavor"

  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice President of the European Commission
  • Markku Markkula, President of the Committee of the Regions and rapporteur on the opinion "Bridging the investment gap"

Moderated panel discussion with:

  • Simona Bonafé, Member of the European Parliament: Forward looking legislation to leverage investments
  • Constance Kann, Director of EIB: The Circular Economy Finance Support Platform
  • Sławomir Mazurek, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Poland: Market Based Instruments for the Circular Economy
  • Rik Plomp, Head of real assets, JGGM: Investments opportunities in the circular economy
  • Michael Steurer, Senior Policy Advisor, Eurochambres

17.45 | Summary-key messages for the next day

  • Brendan Burns, President of the European Economic and Social Committee's Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment


Programme - Circular Economy: one year after adoption, working together for the future