Opening the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference at the European Commission on February 20, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Georges Dassis, said: "the transition to a circular economy is a great opportunity for civil society. It is already happening on the ground. We can feel it from the commitment and involvement of our businesses, the many initiatives taking place at local and regional level, the interest of workers' associations, NGOs, the scientific community, consumers and citizens. However, we need to ensure that the transition is widely accepted. Leaving no one behind is one of the objectives of the Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform that is a crucial space to forge this kind of shared vision of the transition to a circular and sustainable European economy".
The second day of the conference, which will take place at the EESC on 21 February, will aim to trigger a snowball effect, making the circular economy grow faster and involve communities which are not yet considering circularity as an opportunity. Exchange of knowledge and best practices will take centre stage.
Watch the president's speech here