This all day event was dedicated to discussions on the sources of future economic growth where more products are made out of secondary raw materials, waste is considered a valuable resource, and where innovative business models retain physical goods longer and more efficiently in productive use.

The Conference was opened by First Vice President Frans Timmermans speaking passionately in favor of the circular economy and followed by Commissioner Vella remarks on the environmental and economic benefits of the circular economy. Vice President Jyrki Katainen closed it stressing the three wins - environment, economic and social - deriving from the circular economy.

The Commission is aiming to present a new, more ambitious circular economy strategy late in 2015, to transform Europe into a more competitive resource-efficient economy, addressing a range of economic sectors, including waste.

More information can be found here.