Event: The circular economy

9.00 - 12.30        GENERAL POLITICAL DEBATE

9.00 - 9.10          Welcome address by Gianni PITTELLA,
                             President of the S&D Group in the EP

9.10 - 9.30          Introduction on The Circular Economy by Karmenu VELLA, 
                             European Commissioner for the Environment

How the EU will close the Circle. State of play of the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy

9.30 - 10.00        Key note speech on The Circular Economy by Walter STAHEL
Architect and Industrial analyst, co-Founder of
                            the Product-Life Institute Geneva

10.00 - 11.00       From a materials’ perspective : plastics, technology metals and biomass

Ellen MacArthur Foundation, rethinking the future of plastics

Rob OPSOMER, Lead, New Plastics Economy Initiative

The Urban Mine : recycling technology metals, Umicore

Dr. Christian HAGELÜKEN, Director EU Government Affairs, UMICORE

The bio-based economy,
Dirk CARREZ, Executive Director bio-based Industries Consortium


11.00-11.20                Coffee break


11.20-11.30                Circular Economy  from a regional perspective

                                               Manuela BORA, Regional Industry Ministry, Marche Region

11.30-11.50                The debate in the European Parliament by Simona BONAFE,

                                   Member of the European Parliament, rapporteur on the Circular Economy package

11.50-12.20                Question and Answer session

12.20-12.30                Closing remarks by Kathleen VAN BREMPT,

                                   Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President for sustainable development


12.30 - 14.00             Walking Lunch



14.00-15.30             PANEL 1 :  The importance of ecodesign, reuse and remanufacturing

14.00 - 14.40               ECODESIGN : Carsten WACHHOLZ, Senior Policy Officer on Product Policy and Resource Conservation, EEB : How ecodesign can drive a circular economy in Europe

                                   Open Discussion with the floor

RE-USE : Mathieu RAMA, Policy Officer, RREUSE : The importance of reuse and repair


RE-MANUFACTURING : Regis Dando, REMAN : Catching the value with remanufacturing

14.40 - 15.30              Open discussion with the floor (and wrap-up by MEP)                             

15.30 - 15.45              Coffee Break

15.45 - 17.15           PANEL 2 : Closing the loop for transport vehicles - On the road, in the air and over the sea

15.45 - 16.25               AIR : Koen STAUT, Chief Executive Officer or Toon WASSENBERG, Chief Sustainability Officer at AEROCIRCULAR : Recycling and upcycling of aircrafts


SEA : Patrizia HEIDEGGER, Executive Director (NGO Shipbreaking platform) : How to tackle unsustainable shipbreaking practices


                                   ROAD : Patrick VAN DEN BOSSCHE, Head Center of Expertise Envivronment of AGORIA or Kris De CRAENE,Environmental Manager of the Port of Antwerp: The Carloop Project : Reversed logistics to recycle end-of-life vehicles from Africa

16.25 - 17.15              Open Discussion with the floor


17.15 - 18.15              Reception