Join the EASME side events at the World Circular Economy Forum online 2020

The Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) organised three side events during the World Circular Economy Forum online:

•    Water-Smart Economy to enable circularity and support recovery plan  on 18 November 2020;

•    Innovative Projects for A Sustainable Blue Economy on 16 November 2020.

In addition, EASME co-organised with the EIT Climate-KIC the side event:

•    Circular economy research & innovation: how can we scale impact for a green recovery? on 1 December 2020.

Water-smart economy to enable circularity and support recovery plan

18 November 2020; 10:15-12:00 (CET)

“Water-smart economy to enable circularity and support recovery plan” was organised as a SITRA World Circular Economy Forum side event by EASME B2.1 sector “Eco-Innovation”. This is the fourth year that EASME B2.1 is actively participating in the WCEF by organising a side event, or co-organising a main session. 

This year’s event was focused on water circularity in the context of the European Green Deal strategy and the Recovery Plan for Europe, the initiative to help repair the economic and social damage brought by the coronavirus pandemic. 


The aim of the event was to facilitate discussions and exchanges among policy makers and innovators on concrete steps for fostering the uptake of innovative solutions toward circular economy in the water sector. Furthermore, the event wanted to promote and build up new collaboration opportunities for the further development of innovative approaches and policies. 


The first part of the event hosted panellists from European Commission services (DGs ENV, GROW, JRC, RTD) and one of the major stakeholders (Water Europe) that presented key policy instruments and  clustering initiatives related to water circularity and priorities. These include, among others, adopted and forthcoming strategies and targets related to water policy as well as relevant EU funded research and innovation programmes:


Anna Marczak, Team Leader - Water industry (DG ENV)   PDF iconPresentation Open public consultations  PDF iconPresentation

Theodora Nikolakopoulou, Policy Assistant (DG GROW)   PDF iconPresentation

Bernd Manfred Gawlik, Project Manager - Leader of the JRC Task Force on Water Quality (DG JRC)  PDF iconPresentation  

Avelino Gonzalez Gonzalez, Policy Officer – Water (DG RTD)  PDF iconPresentation

Andrea Rubini, Director of Operations (Water Europe)   PDF iconPresentation


The second part of the event hosted the coordinators of five new large-scale demonstration projects (average EU contribution for each of them exceeds 14 million €), financed through the Horizon 2020 Call for proposals Building a water-smart economy and society, which pitched their ideas and planned activities:


B-WaterSmart - Accelerating Water Smartness in Coastal Europe | David Schwesig, Technical Director at the IWW Water Centre.   PDF iconPresentation


WIDER UPTAKE - Achieving wider uptake of water-smart solutions | Herman Helness, Senior Scientist, Water and Environment group at SINTEF.   PDF iconPresentation

WATER-MINING - Next generation water-smart management systems: large scale demonstrations for a circular economy and society | Patricia Osseweijer, Professor Biotechnology & Society at Delft University of Technology.  PDF iconPresentation

REWAISE- REsilient WAter Innovation for Smart Economy | Frank Rogalla, Director of Innovation and Technology at Aqualia.  PDF iconPresentation

ULTIMATE - indUstry water-utiLiTy symbIosis for a sMarter wATer society | Gerard van den Berg, Team Manager Innovation & Valorisation at KWR Water Research Institute.   PDF iconPresentation

Report of the event


Feel free to contact Stefania Rocca and Marco Ranieri for any inquiries.


Innovative projects for a sustainable Blue Economy

16 November 2020; 14:30-16:30 (CET)

Directorate General for Maritime and Fisheries Affairs (DG MARE) and EASME organised the side event on Innovative Projects for a Sustainable Blue Economy. The event was an important opportunity to know more about the links between blue economy and circular economy. 

As outlined in the EU Blue Economy Report 2020, oceans, coastal areas and marine activities are playing a central role in supporting Europe’s post-crisis economic recovery through innovative products and services and creating high-value jobs that shift the EU towards the objectives of the Green Deal.

In this context, a selection of European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) projects presented innovative solutions they are developing and showed complementarities between blue economy and circular economy and how they can contribute to the EU Green Deal’s objectives. The projects addressed the following blue economy areas:


Marine litter

Bio based materials

Sustainable aquaculture

Offshore installations


Luisa Prista, Acting Director at EASME, delivered a welcome message and introduced the topics of the event together with:

Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit at DG MARE PDF iconPresentation

Vincent Favrel, Head of Unit at EASME  PDF iconPresentation

The event included interactive discussions with speakers to facilitate knowledge exchanges and networking.The audience had the opportunity to ask questions to panellists using application with the code #Blueeconomy. 


Feel free to contact EASME EMFF Events for any inquiries.

Circular economy research & innovation: how can we scale impact for a green recovery?

1 December 2020; 10:00-12:00 (CET)

This side event was co-organised by EASME and the EIT Climate-KIC.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the fragile nature of our current linear economies, and the systemic challenges our societies face. But how can this be an opportunity to build a green and sustainable recovery that will lead to climate neutrality?

Organised by EIT Climate-KIC and EASME, this event explored how the efficient design and funding of circular economy research & innovation can support nations all over the world with their economic recovery plans. Bringing together a global community, the session offered an excellent opportunity for learning and best practice sharing, and increase cooperation for a circular economy transition. The event presented, among others, the final results of the EU Horizon 2020 CICERONE project dedicated to circular economy programming and funding.

For additional information please refer to the event page on the Climate-KIC website.



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