In March 2017, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has founded the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) together with the EU Commission.

With this platform, relevant stakeholders and the civil society should be involved in the realisation of key areas of the EU Action Plan on the Circular Economy „Closing the loop – An EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy“.

The platform is steered by a coordination group, for which 192 organisations applied in a tender. Circular Economy Coalition for Europe (, a research network founded in 2016, was selected as one out of 24 members of this committee.

According to Christoph Scharff, chairman of CEC4Europe, this is an acknowledgement of scientific research in resource management: „CEC4Europe aims at providing a scientific fact base for EU institutions and their endeavour of a circular economy. It would be speculative and highly irresponsible to base far-reaching economic and environmental decisions on an insufficient data base. With our European research network we want to provide support for an effective and efficient circular economy.“

The EU Action Plan on the Circular Economy includes 54 action fields and defines five priority waste streams: plastics, food waste, construction waste, critical raw materials and biogenic waste. The EU Commission aims at achieving a sustainable, resource efficient circular economy by 2030.

The working programme of the stakeholder platform supports, and at the same time is supported by, public-private partnerships, cooperation platforms, voluntary measures of the industry as well as an exchange of know-how and best practices. An annual 2-day conference on the Circular Economy will be the summit of the inter-institutional exchange between stakeholders.

The inaugural meeting of ECESP took place on 22 November 2017.
CEC4Europe also participated in the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference: Delivering on the Circular Economy, what’s next? on 20-21 February 2018 in Brussels.

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