The European Commission’s circular economy package can be a landmark in creating a more resource-efficient and competitive economy. It paves the way for stronger EU engagement to enhance and achieve sustainable development goals. Not only is it a unique opportunity to increase resource efficiency gains, it also opens the door to innovation.
Today, discussions are often focused on the end-of- life of products. Yet the concept of resource efficiency includes everything from raw materials sourcing to end-of- life management. Discussions need to go beyond new recycling targets, a landfill ban on recoverable and recyclable waste, and the lack of proper waste management infrastructures in member states, to address the entire product life-cycle.
The big question is what the new package will deliver. How can Europe benefit from the circular economy? What impact will it have on the single market? Can we reconcile both industrial and environmental policy agendas? Are all stakeholders truly convinced of the benefits of resource efficiency? If so, is this the chance for Europe to become truly sustainable? How? Can all stakeholders work together to close the loop?
Daniel Calleja Crespo
Director-General for Environment, European Commission
Daniel Calleja has a very broad experience in the Commission having worked in many different areas since 1986. Before joining DG ENV on 1st September 2015, Mr Calleja was Director General of DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs till 31st August 2015. Previously, from February 2011 to January 2012, he was the Deputy Director General of DG Enterprise and Industry, and Special Envoy for SMEs. Mr Calleja was Director for Air Transport at the European Commission from November 2004 to Februa ry 2011, in charge of the single European aviation market, safety and security issues, and its external dimension. He has successfully negotiated, on behalf of the E.U., the EU-US Open Skies Agreement. From 1993 to 2004 he worked in different positions in the cabinets of several Commissioners, including the President of the European Commission, advising on Transport and Competition matters, State Aids and the application of Community Law. Mr. Calleja was the Head of Cabinet for Commissioner Marcelino Oreja, responsible for institutional affairs, and for the Amsterdam Treaty negotiations. He was also the Head of Cabinet of the Vice-president of the European Commission, Mrs. Loyola de Palacio, in charge of Transport and Energy between 1999 and 2004. During her mandate he contributed to the development of some key files like the maritime safety packages, the first EU Directive on renewables and the launch of the Galileo programme. He started his career in the Commission as Member of the Legal Service between 1986 and 1993, representing the institution in numerous cases before the European Court of Justice. His background is in Law and Business Administration.
S&D Group, Rapporteur in the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Simona Bonafè ran as head of list of the Italian Democratic Party (PD) for the European Parliament election in May 2014 and was elected, for her first mandate, with the highest number of preferential votes among Italian MEPs.
In the European Parliament she is a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats (S&D) and sits as Member in the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), and as Substitute Member in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). She is vice-chair of the Long Term Investment Intergroup. MEP Bonafè was elected to the Italian Lower Chamber in 2013, sitting in the Committee for Economic Activities and Trade. Prior to that, for over 10 years she was engaged in local politics in Tuscany, where she served as Municipal Council Member for Environment.
Dr Monica Verbeek
Executive Director, Seas At Risk
Dr Monica Verbeek is the Executive Director of Seas At Risk, an independent non-governmental European association of environmental organizations concerned with the protection and restoration of the marine environment. She also serves as vice president of the South Western Waters Regional Advisory Council for fisheries and as member of the executive committee of the Long Distance Regional Advisory Council. Prior to becoming Executive Director she held the post of Fisheries Policy Officer with Seas At Risk and served, amongst other things, as the representative of environmental organizations at the Advisory Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture of the European Commission and as European coordinator for the DSCC. Protection and conservation of the deep sea has been one of her priorities since she joined Seas At Risk.
Chief Executive Officer of Versalis and Chairman of Matrìca, the 50:50 joint venture with Novamont on renewable chemistry, Vice-President of PlasticsEurope
Over 25 years of experience in the chemical industry through a variety of business. He worked for ICI in several managerial assignments in marketing, planning and business management. From the Uk, he managed the development of their global Fluorocarbons and Synthetic Lubricants business. He was then appointed Global BU Director for the Huntsman Polyurethanes Intermediates in Brussels. He also served as Managing Director of Huntsman Surface Science, Vice President EMEA and then Division President of Huntsman Performance Products in Houston, Texas. Under his leadership, in 2012, Versalis started a strategic repositioning of its asset base, portfolio and geography by refocusing on higher value-added products and a strengthened exposure to global markets, emphasizing R&D and leveraging licensing and new partnerships. Ferrari is also President of PlasticsEurope Italy and Vice President of PlasticsEurope Brussels. He is also Vice President of Federchimica and a board member of Cefic.
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