#EUCircularTalks: The role of Network Governance and circular economy hubs in the EU circular transition

online | 11th of October 2021

Recent environmental and health crises showed how interconnected and interdependent we all are. Action is needed now to save the planet and our civilization, and the circular economy is one of the solutions. It can help us redesign the existing linear economic model into a more resilient, circular system. Mindset shift and systems thinking and acting are needed to co-create innovative solutions that value financial, natural, and human capital. Collaboration is the key to a successful and effective circular transformation.

But how do different stakeholders collaborate on the ground? How do they collaborate with the government? With what impact?

This #EUCircularTalks focuses on network governance and circular economy hubs in the EU circular transition. A special guest Prof. Jacqueline Cramer and the panelists will explore the impact of circular economy hubs on the ground. They will present cases and share experiences of the power of networks.

For further information and registration, here.



12:00 – 12:05 Opening remarks

  • Ladeja Godina Košir, ECESP Co-chairs
  • Freek van Eijk, ECESP Co-chairs

12:05 – 12:15 Introduction speech

  • Cillian Lohan, Vice-president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

12:15 – 12:30 Keynote speaker

  • Prof. Jacqueline Cramer, Senior adviser at Utrecht University Utrecht sustainability institute
    introducing network governance and the results of the survey

12:30 – 13:10 Part 1 – Presentations: circular hubs’ role in the circular transition – impact on the ground

  • The influence of the hub on the political and legislative level in France
    Marline Weber, INEC
  • Key activities & achievements of the Italian CE platform
    Claudia Brunori, ICESP
  • Projects delivered & barriers recognized by Romanian CE platform,
    Simina Lakatos, IRCEM
  • Collaboration with the government & long term financial support to the Rediscovery center of Ireland
    Sarah Miller, Rediscover cente

Discussion with Prof. Cramer
13:10 – 13:50 Part 2 – Presentations: Stakeholders’experiences on networking, stakeholders engagement, advocacy – The power of networks

  • The Dutch Acceleration House Circular Economy as an inspiration for circularity hubs in all EU regions,
    Arthur ten Wolde, Ecopreneur
  • Best practice mapping of circular case studies for CE Hubs,
    Cynthia Reynolds, Circular regions
  • Nordic hotspot case – building an international network, Catherine Barth, NCH
  • Brazil case of CE hub – bridging EU and Latin America
    Beatriz Luz, Exchange4change

Discussion with Prof. Cramer
13:50 – 14:00 Closing remarks