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The European Circular Economy Stakeholder platform will be renewed
The transition from a linear to a circular economic model is an essential contribution to the EU’s efforts to develop a sustainable, climate-neutral, resource efficient, resilient, and competitive economy with a strong industrial basis. For the European economy to become truly circular, all stakeholders need to get involved: public authorities, businesses including SMEs, trade unions, consumers, and civil society.
The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform is a joint initiative by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), launched in March 2017. The two institutions are working closely together to promote the Platform as a space for the exchange of ideas and a growing body of information, and to make the circular economy happen faster to the benefit of all. By helping to create new partnerships and scale up circular economy solutions across Europe, the Platform also highlights the contribution that the circular economy can make to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
As a ”network of networks” the Platform brings together stakeholders active in the broad field of the circular economy across Europe. It goes beyond sectorial activities and highlights cross-sector opportunities. It also provides a meeting place for stakeholders to share and scale up effective solutions, best practices, as well as to address specific challenges. The Platform bridges existing initiatives at local, regional, and national level, public or private, and supports the implementation of the circular economy.
The platform is active to make the circular economy a reality by:
- Spreading the circular economy concept in the Member States, in regional and local governments, and among civil society organisations and businesses.
- Strengthening cooperation between stakeholder networks to facilitate exchange, good practices, knowledge, and lessons learnt in the circular economy.
- Identifying barriers (such as social, economic, and cultural) to the transition towards a circular economy with the intention of informing policy at all levels of governance.
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