Setting foot in Belgium: Dialogue sessions on Dutch-Belgian market potential for circular plastics and construction

November 17, 2022

What circular business would you like to do in Belgium, and what support would you need to realize this?

These were the central questions in the two dialogue meetings that Holland Circular Hotspot organised in cooperation with the NL Embassy in Belgium and Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) on November 8 in The Hague. In the morning, we received representatives of the Dutch business community active in the plastics and chemical recycling sectors. In the afternoon, we welcomed parties that were active in residential and non-residential construction.

In both meetings, we discussed the potential of the Belgian market and the challenges that international traffic cross-border trade entails within these sectors. We also asked the participants how we should assist them in a better way to set foot in Belgium.



Although each sector faces its own challenges, we see that both sectors would benefit from a more uniform (international) framework for standardization and certification. Representatives from the plastics sector expect that changes in legislation can contribute to more intensive cross-border cooperation resulting in a higher quality output of plastics recycling. The representatives in the building sector look forward to exchanging circular experiences with their Belgian counterparts as a start for long-term cooperation.

The insights from the dialogue meetings will be used in the development of a 3-year programme to increase circular cooperation and exchange with Belgium.

Are you a Dutch company involved in plastics or construction, do you also want to contribute to this initiative and stay connected? Fill in one of the questionnaires (in Dutch):

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Circular economy opportunities in Belgium