Now that the circular economy is moving up the political agenda of the EU and in cities, EUROCITIES has decided to set up a circular economy task force.
The proposal was formulated during a debate on this subject held at our environment forum meeting in Ljubljana in October.
Under the chairmanship of Amsterdam, the task force aims to engage our other forums in the work on the circular economy to simultaneously strengthen the role of cities and build capacity. This work should also feed into the EUROCITIES annual conference, which will be held in November in Ljubljana and will be dedicated to the circular economy.
The task force will work in close cooperation with our WG waste, which scrutinises the legislative aspects of the waste management-related chapters of the EU’s circular economy package, as well as the new urban agenda partnership on circular economy.
It will help us deliver political messages at EU level concerning the role cities can play in the circular economy and the enabling framework needed at EU level.
The following cities have already expressed their interest in joining the task force: Belfast, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Genoa, Glasgow, Ghent, Ljubljana, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Porto, Rome, Rotterdam, Turin, and Vienna.
The first meeting is scheduled for 1 March in Brussels.