The Working Group Circular Economy consists of representatives from different national and regional advisory bodies which have longstanding experience on the Circular Economy.
Through communication and coordination, as well as the combined knowledge, expertise, and resources of its members, the working group is able to address a number of relevant issues with regard to the development and implementation of the circular economy concept.
The Working Group is currently chaired by:
Dr. Nicole van Buren
The EEAC Circular Economy Working Group will publish a document which gives an overview of the strategies and policy initiatives for implementing a circular economy in the different EEAC member countries; the role advisory bodies play in the implementation process and a reflection of the advisory bodies on the progress made in implementing a circular economy at the national and regional level.
With this document, the EEAC Circular Economy Working Group is aiming to contribute to the process of knowledge exchange, by offering the unique reflections on the implementation process of the advisory councils as gathered in the EEAC Network.
The document will be published (as working document) prior to the World Circular Economy Forum 2017 which will be held in Helsinki in June 2017.
Members of the Working Group will attend the joint European Economic and Social Committee-European Commission conference entitled ‘Circular Economy: one year after adoption, working together for the future’, and will contribute to the establishment of a Stakeholder Forum for the Circular Economy in Europe.
The Working Group will share the messages collected in the outcome document ‘Circular Economy from wish to practice’.
Conference Outcome Document
Outcome document 'Implementing the Circular Economy Package from wish to practice
The EEAC and the Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) organized a workshop on the challenges of implementing the concept of the circular economy at the national and regional level.
On 2 December 2015, the European Commission launched a revised set of proposals promoting the transition towards a circular economy. When the proposals will be adopted into legislation, countries need to implement it at both the national and the regional level.
Creating a circular economy poses a challenge for every country, but it also promises benefits and opportunities for innovation.
The goals and methods of a circular economy need to be adapted and tailored to the specific situation of each country and region. Furthermore, every country and region and each local institution will need to devise a policy approach for implementing the circular economy proposals.
The EEAC organized an event in which mutual learning on the complex task to implement the circular economy concept was facilitated by in-depth presentations and informed debate. Several national experts shared their knowledge with the audience.
The PowerPoint presentations are made available online and a mainline summary will be published in the cause of October 2016.