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Squaring the Circle: Policies from Europe’s Circular Economy Transition

Energy, climate change and the environment

World Bank Office & Webex
Avenue Marnix 17, Brussels, Belgium

This hybrid event is free and open to the public but registration is mandatory. Once registered, you will receive instructions on how to join this event virtually.

Hybrid Event

Squaring the Circle: Policies from Europe’s Circular Economy Transition

Launch of the new World Bank report


Launch of the new World Bank report:  

“Squaring the Circle: Policies from Europe’s Circular Economy Transition”

Followed by a panel discussion:

“How can Europe further boost the Circular Economy Transition within and beyond its borders?”

The overlapping geopolitical, economic, and environmental crises currently impacting the world economy highlight the urgency to address surging rates of natural resource consumption. Decoupling of material consumption from welfare creation through a transition away from the prevailing linear “take-make-use-waste’ economy lies at the basis of a new development and growth model.

The European Union (EU) is today a global leader in spearheading the circular economy (CE) transition. The EU can play a key role in promoting resource efficiency within and beyond its borders, share lessons learnt and the opportunities arising from CE transition. Developing countries that are already being impacted by the fallout of the current linear model need to be central to the global transition towards a more circular economy.

A new World Bank report: “Squaring the Circle: Policies from Europe’s Circular Economy Transition” reviews Europe’s experience in spearheading CE policy. It identifies key features in the EU policy landscape that that have been successful in driving the circular transition but also existing barriers to future progress and key measures to overcome them.  Despite the progress achieved, squaring the circle of the transition, and breaking away from linear systems will require a far-reaching suite of CE policies.

Jointly organized by the World Bank and CEPS, the event will discuss the key existing constraints and the policy domains where ambitious action will be needed in the coming years to further boost the CE agenda both within and beyond the EU borders.


Vasileios Rizos Vasileios Rizos
Vasileios Rizos

Research Fellow and Head of Sustainable Resources and Circular Economy

Speakers list
Gallina Vincelette

Country Director, European Union, World Bank

Andrea Liverani

Lead Specialist, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank

Anders Ladefoged

EU Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform Steering Group Committee Member, European Economic and Social Committee

Helena Braun

Member of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans Cabinet, DG CLIM, European Commission

Stefano Soro

Head of Unit, Green and Circular Economy, DG GROW, European Commission

Valérie Boiten

Senior Policy Officer, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Martijn Lopes Cardozo

CEO, Circle Economy