The European Commission has adopted an ambitious package of solutions for the circular economy. They will help European businesses and consumers to achieve a stronger economy where resources are used in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

The proposed actions are to contribute to closing the loop of product`s life cycle by reducing the use of resources, increasing their re-use and recovery. Legislative work on four important directives in this area is currently underway: the Waste Framework Directive and the Packaging and Packaging  Waste Directive, on end-of life vehicles (ELVs), on used batteries and on used electronic equipment. These revolutionary changes will require the implementation of innovative solutions in the field of reduction of consumed raw materials and reuse of products. It is very important to present the Polish research and development potential in the area of circular economy to foreign partners and the European Commission.

On 18-19 April 2018, a two-day study  visit entitled “3Revolution: Reduce, Reuse, Recover” is organized by the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU in a cooperation with the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU in Brussels and the Polish Embassy in Brussels.  The visit is dedicated to companies and others institutions operating in the field of circular economy.

Event is held under the patronage of: the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology and the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development.

KGHM Polska Miedź SA is a strategic partner of the event. Content partners: Waste Management and Recycling Cluster – Key National Cluster.

The main objective of the meeting is to increase the participation of Polish entities active in the area of circular economy, in the European research and innovation program Horizon 2020 and in the key European thematic initiatives. In addition, a study visit is a unique opportunity to present achievements to foreign partners, the European Commission and the exchange of good practices and experiences.

The organizers have the intention that the meeting will raise the awareness of benefits resulting from joining international cooperation programs and in the process of making key decisions at the European level, with particular emphasis on the role of expert groups, European public-private partnerships and advisory bodies.

The assumptions of the European policy in the field of research and innovation in the area of circular economy and the opportunities offered by the Horizon 2020 program for the implementation of innovative projects supporting the circular economy will be presented during the event.

An integral part of the meeting will be a session devoted to presenting the innovative potential of Polish companies and research units, achievements and interesting project proposals in the area of circular economy and establishing contacts with representatives of European institutions and R & D projects.

The “3Revolution study visit: Reduce, Reuse, Recover” is the fifth of a series of study visits organized in Brussels by the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU. Their common goal is to increase the chances of participation of Polish companies in European initiatives and projects related to research and development and innovation. Previous events were dedicated to the following sectors: the energy, the chemical industry, ICT in the Big Data theme and the bioeconomy.

On 17 April, the Information Day on Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking was held in Brussels. The combination of these two events created additional opportunities for the participants of the study visit to participate in the important European event and to establish business contacts.


Profiles of Polish organisations participating in the event