Seminar | Circular ambitions in the EU: What are the next steps?

The transition towards a circular economy is a priority for the EU. What is happening at European level and in the EU Member States? What can the business sector bring to the table? Which national policies are needed to facilitate this transition? During this seminar, key stakeholders from the private and public sector in Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and the European Commission will present their vision of a truly circular economy in the EU.

Date Friday 1 June  
Time 12:00-16:30 (lunch & registration from 12:00)
Place Europahuset, Regeringsgatan 65, 2 floor, Stockholm

Organisers European Commission, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands & Cradlenet

Registration!vr48bM 30 May at the latest

The seminar will be held in English and broadcast here


12.00-13.00 Lunch & registration

13.00 Welcome and introduction
Johan Wullt, Head of Press & Media European Commission Representation

13.10 The Swedish circular ambitions
Per Bolund (TBC) Minister for Financial Markets & Consumer Affairs

13.30 The Netherlands have the most ambitious circular targets – what’s next?
Rob Boerée, Inspirer at Start Circular and former Director at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

13.45 Finland’s road map for transition to a circular economy
Kari Herlevi, Project Director Circular Economy at Sitra: Finland has produced the world’s first national road map to a circular economy that defines the steps required for a systemic change in the economy.

14.00 What can the business sector bring to the circular table?
 Johan Widheden, Senior Sustainability Specialist at AkzoNobel, David Blanchard, Chief R&D Officer Unilever and Flavio Santos, Country Manager Philips Lighting: How far has business reached and what obstacles do they meet? What do they need from the policymakers?

14.40 Coffee break

15.15 How to make EU a global leader in the circular economy?

Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness is interviewed by Anders Wijkman, co-president of the Club of Rome and the chairman of the Swedish Association of Recycling Industries.

16.15 Final remarks
Ines Coppoolse, Ambassador of the Netherlands and Elin Bergman, Chairman Cradlenet

16.30 Mingle