EIT Climate-KIC: Circular economy research & innovation for a green recovery

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the fragile nature of our current linear economies, and the systemic challenges our societies face. But how can this be an opportunity to build a green and sustainable recovery that will lead to climate neutrality?

Organised by EIT Climate-KIC and the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME), this event will explore how the efficient design and funding of circular economy research & innovation can support nations all over the world with their economic recovery plans. Bringing together a global community, the session will offer an excellent opportunity for learning and best practice sharing, and increase cooperation for a circular economy transition. The event will, among others, present the final results of the EU H2020 CICERONE project dedicated to circular economy programming and funding.


10:00 – Opening of the event

Javier Peinado – Head of Sector, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)
Cliona Howie – Head of Circular Economy, EIT Climate-KIC

10:15 – Panel discussion
The panel will welcome speakers from European institutions, as well as representatives from national and regional governments, to discuss concrete actions and progress towards a circular economy transition. The session will invite questions from the public, and will touch base on challenges, opportunities and lessons learned from the implementation of systemic circular economy programmes in the context of recovery.


Bernie Kiely – Department of the Environment, Climate & Communications of the Government of Ireland
Janja Kreitmayer McKenzie – Ministry for the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Government of Slovenia
María Paz Díaz Nieto – Regional Ministry for Economy and Finance of the Government of Cantabria
Roberta de Carolis – ENEA: National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development of Italy (representing H2020 CICERONE)
Keti Medarova-Bergstrom – Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)

11:15 – Summary and conclusions



This session is a side event of the World Circular Economy Forum. For more information on WCEF 2020, please visit: https://www.sitra.fi/en/articles/wcef-side-events/

Organisers: EIT Climate-KIC and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME)
Date: 1st December 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 CET
Location: Online

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