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Event type: CCRI General Conference

1st General Conference – From vision to reality: Cities & regions drive forward Europe’s circular transition



08.11.2023, 9:00AM - 6:30PM Europe/Brussels

Organised by the European Commission, the conference will explore how cities, regions and their partners across Europe are already harnessing all the energy and ideas that abound within their borders to boost the circular transition and stimulate social innovation. This event will be an opportunity to delve into concrete examples on how they can advance from their political decisions and strategies towards the deployment of systemic solutions . 

Event format: Hybrid
Event location: European Commission - Madou Plaza Tower


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This event will provide a unique opportunity to policymakers, business leaders, and experts on the circular economy from across Europe to:

  • Explore concrete ways of translating circular visions into reality in cities and regions;
  • Share relevant information for policy-makers implementing circular economy actions at local and regional scale;
  • Learn from experts’ insights on the benefits of a circular economy at the local/regional level.


  • 09:15 - 10:15 - Opening session
    • Speakers:
      • Pavel Misiga, European Commission, Directorate General Research and Innovation, Head of Unit
      • Janez Potočnik, International Resource Panel, Co-Chair (Advisory Board)
      • Philipp Horn, European Investment Bank, Head of the Circular Economy Division (Advisory Board)
      • Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, OECD, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (invited)
      • Bart Somers, Government of Flanders, Vice-Minister President (video statement)
  • 10:15 - 10:30 - Presentation of the CCRI
    • Speaker:
      • Lucie Blondel, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Expert
  • 10:30 - 11:00 - Networking coffee: Grab a cup of coffee and visit the CCRI exhibition
  • 11:00 - 12:00 - Driving Change: Explaining the benefits of Circular Economy
    • Speakers:
  • 12:00 - 13:00 - Innovative Circular Systemic Solutions
  • 13:00 - 14:00 - Networking lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 - Mobilising key stakeholders and transforming governance models
  • 15:00 - 16:00 - Financing Circular Systemic solutions
  • 16:00 - 16:30 - Networking coffee: Grab a cup of coffee and visit the CCRI exhibition
  • 16:30 - 17:30 - Coupling circularity with climate action for supporting the green transition
    • Speakers:
      • Joshua Newton, Ellen MacArthur Foundation (Associated Partner) (moderating)
      • Lisa Henningsson, Uppsala (CCRI Pilot)
    • Panellists:
  • 17:30 - 17:45 - Closing remarks and next steps
    • Pavel Misiga, European Commission, Directorate General Research and Innovation
  • 17:45 - 19:00 - Networking drinks

Please note registration is mandatory for this event for on-site or online participation. Due to capacity constraints, on-site attendance is subject to approval.

Event category
Organised by CCRI-CSO