Turning the Circular Economy strategy into workable reality

22 Jan 2016 12:00
22 Jan 2016 14:00

On 2 December, 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 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 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 Adviser (Confederation of Finnish Industries)


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

We would also like to take the opportunity to draw your attention to the call for proposals on manuscripts on Circular Economy of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, an international peer-reviewed journal published by our colleagues in Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The deadline for submissions is February 15. 

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.

Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome (Floor -1)
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels


Harri Kalimo
Senior Researcher
Institute for European Studies

Anamaria Bacsin
Communications and Logistics
Institute for European Studies