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Circular economy: engaging business and member states

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.


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
  • Irmfried Schwimann, Deputy Director-General in DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW), 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:

  • Grzegorz Radziejewski, Member of Cabinet of Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
  • Riikka Joukio, Senior Vice President Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, METSÄ GROUP
  • Carl De Maré, Vice-President ArcelorMittal Group CTO Head of Technology Strategy
  • 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
  • Anna Will-Szczepankowska, Minister Counsellor and Head of Economic and Trade Section, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland
  • Alexander Kessler, Chairman of the BusinessEurope Waste Task Force and Senior Manager Environment, Technology and Sustainability, Federation of German Industries (BDI)
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


Last updated: 8 June 2017