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Circular Economy Missions to Third Countries


The Circular Economy Missions are a series of high-level political and business meetings in third countries to communicate and promote sustainable and resource-efficient policies.

The missions are organised by the Directorate-General (DG) for the Environment of the European Commission and aim to build bridges between European institutions, NGOs and companies and the relevant stakeholders in those third countries, interested in the opportunities that the transition to the circular economy brings.

These initiatives have the potential of strengthening existing and creating new ties between the EU and third country institutions in the field of environment, as well as supporting green European businesses - especially SMEs- to expand their activities abroad.


The Circular Economy Missions are conceived with three clear objectives:

  • To increase cooperation between the EU and third countries in the field of environmental policy. This can be achieved by signing political agreements directed at fostering the circular economy, green public procurement and innovative, sustainable and inclusive growth. 
  • To achieve a better understanding of the environmental challenges faced by third countries.
  • To promote green solutions through business partnerships abroad. In this regard, the missions will organise matchmaking events between European and local entrepreneurs and will engage in exchange of views with targeted audiences.


The policies to be discussed during the missions will gravitate around circular economy, resource efficiency and sustainable use of natural resources.

In particular, the missions will focus on topics related to eco-innovation, chemicals and plastic, waste, water management, marine pollution and urban environmental best practices. These issues offer a wide area for further bilateral discussions, not least because they have a great potential for innovative business solutions. For instance, the use of state-of-the-art technologies can help to reduce environmental impacts.


Future Missions:

Circular Economy Mission to India between 4th and 7th  September 2018
Invitation letter
Link to register

To receive more information about future Missions, please leave us your contact details here.

New Circular Economy Mission: combined Circular Economy Mission to Japan and Indonesia between the 22nd and 26th October 2018
Invitation letter
Link to register

Past Missions:


Business Beyond Borders at African Utility Week

The next Business Beyond Borders (BBB) matchmaking event will take place in Cape Town (South Africa) at African Utility Week (AUW) in May 2017.

The BBB event at Cape Town will be an opportunity for small and medium enterprises and clusters in the water, power, waste and utilities industry to find global business partners. The focus on these sectors is of significant relevancy when considering the UN Sustainable Development Goals of achieving clean water and sanitation (SGD3) and affordable, clean energy (SDG7), and the EU’s subsequent efforts to create sustainable European future.

Interested small and medium enterprises and clusters can now register for the matchmaking event here.

Business Beyond Borders is an initiative supported by the European Commission to help EU businesses, in particular Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Clusters, operate internationally with the ultimate goal of increasing economic growth within and outside Europe through matchmaking events in selected international trade fairs.

For further information about Business Beyond Borders, please visit their official website.


The 6th EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF) will be organised as a series of high level thematic events in 2017 culminating in a session at the 5th EU-Africa Summit, scheduled to take place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 29-30 November 2017.

As part of the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum, a number of thematic sessions are slated for 7 June 2017 in Brussels at the European Development Days. Climate change, Sustainable energy and Green economy is one of them.

Please submit your proposal to lead the thematic session 'Climate change, Sustainable energy and Green economy',  one of the EABF thematic sessions at EDD.
EU-Africa Business Forum – dedicated page on the EDDs website.

Submission form for EU-Africa Business Forum thematic sessions at EDDs.

Please note that the deadline for submission is 17 February 2017 .