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EU’s Katainen: digitalisation could be key in advancing Circular Economy

The Circular Economy Package published by the European Commission includes important policies to boost the economy.


Laura Halenius

Project Director, A roadmap for a fair data economy


The Circular Economy Package published by the European Commission includes important policies to boost employment, competitiveness and the sustainable use of natural resources. European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen highlighted at a event organised by Sitra that the revised legislative proposal is clearly more ambitious as it sets targets for reduction of waste as it establishes an ambitious plan for waste management and recycling.

Jyrki Katainen presented the new Circular Economy package at an event organised by Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra in Helsinki on December 4. See Katainen’s comments on digitalisation.


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Other speakers at the Sitra event were the Minister for Agriculture and Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen, Member of the European parliament Heidi Hautala and Anders Wijkman, Co-President at The Club of Rome.

The Circular Economy Package presented on Wednesday aims to promote more efficient use of natural resources and energy, foster more sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs. 

Mari Pantsar, a Director at Sitra, points out that the transfer to a circular economy is also necessary for climate change mitigation. She thinks that too little attention has been paid to this issue, and that so far, for example, it has hardly been discussed at the Paris Climate Conference: “This shows that there are political silos, even though it is clear that climate change cannot be tackled without the intelligent use of resources.” 

According to Pantsar, the Circular Economy Package presented by the Commission meets the expectations placed on it. 

“The package provides a clear and welcome common vision for boosting the EU’s competitiveness with the help of resource efficiency. In addition to a common vision, concrete incentives and obligations are needed rapidly to guide business innovation, consumer behaviour and public procurement. We will still have to wait for these.” 

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