#CircularEconomy – Stakeholder conference takes stock of progress made since 2015

| March 6, 2019

The annual Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference is taking place in Brussels today and on Thursday (6 and 7 March). Day 1, hosted by the European Commission and opened by First Vice-President Timmermans, Commissioner Vella, and Commissioner Bieńkowska (via a video message), will explore the Circular Economy Action Plan, taking stock of its implementation. All 54 measures under the plan launched in 2015 have now been delivered or are being implemented.

The speakers at the conference will look at policies to capitalise on the current global momentum, broadening the debate to consider the circular economy as an enabler to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The day will conclude with an intervention by Vice-President Katainen looking ahead at ‘what’s next’ for the circular economy. The Commission has also released the report A circular economy for plastics: Insights from research and innovation to inform policy and funding decisions, which describes the current state of play of plastics in the economy, challenges and knowledge gaps, and policy recommendations and priorities for Research and Innovation (R&I) in plastics, drawn up by experts and stakeholder groups.

In addition to further support ideas and projects reducing plastic waste and littering, this year’s edition of the Commission’s Social Innovation Competition focuses on challenging plastic waste. The 2019 competition was launched on 28 February and applications are open until 4 April noon CET. Three winning projects will each win €50,000.

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