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Turning the Circular Economy Strategy Into a Workable Reality

Friday, 22 January, 2016 - 12:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Karel Van Miert Building (IES), Pleinlaan 5
Conference Room Rome
IES Policy Forum

On December 2nd, the European Commission published its long-awaited, revamped circular economy strategy. The Commission’s plan is to transform Europe into an economy that is at the same time competitive and resource-efficient. This general objective is easy to agree with - but how does the Commission’s plan look like under the surface? What are the concrete prospects of maintaining resources in use for as long as possible, considering the persistence of unsustainable consumption patterns and the global nature of material flows? What exactly will ensure the creation of truly disruptive business models? Who is to set priorities in terms of product designs and on what basis?

This IES Policy Forum on the circular economy engages top experts from policy, environmental, and industry sides with the knowledge to move the debate beyond the high-level policy slogans. The panel will offer a closer look at selected issues that are decisive in turning the circular economy strategy into a workable reality. This is vital to boost EU’s circular economy on the global scale, considering that countries like China have had laws in place to move to regenerative cycles for ten years already.


  • Hugo Schally, Head of Unit (Eco-innovation and circular economy), European Commission, DG ENV
  • Stephane Arditi, Products & Waste Policy Manager, European Environmental Bureau EEB
  • Salla Ahonen, Senior Advisor (Confederation of Finnish Industries, formerly Nokia Corporation)


  • Harri Kalimo, Professor, Institute for European Studies, VUB

Registration and venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all, but, due to space limitations, registration is required. Lunch will be provided during the event. To register, please fill in the online registration form.