The final international seminar on circular economy at the local level in the framework of the project We-NET took place on 14-16 November in Brussels.

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The work started with a high level conference hosted by the Committee of the Regions, with welcome speeches by Roby BIWER, Member of the Commission ENVE of the CoR; Gilles PELAYO, Head of Unit, Europe for Citizens; Andrea ZORZAN, Councillor for Environment, City of Thiene (IT); Ms Malgorzata Golebiewska, Policy Officer, DG ENV; and Oriano OTOĆAN, President of ALDA.

Heart of the discussions was how to effectively engage citizens in the transition from a linear to circular economy, essential for a sustainable economy. Citizens play a key role, as individual behaviours and consumers’ preferences can make the difference and improve the living conditions in local communities. By bringing together project partners, local authorities, civil society organisations and experts, the seminar was a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and good practice on the topic.

The event took place in the framework of the project WE-NET – Working for Environmentally Educated Towns. The project, co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme, brings together local authorities and civil society associations from 8 countries in wider Europe and aims at establishing a self-sustainable platform of dialogue and exchange to develop effective local policies and practices promoting the implementation of the circular economy model at the local level. Lead partner of the project is the City of Thiene, from north-eastern Italy, a particularly Europe-driven and participative municipality. Participants from Thiene took advantage of their presence in Brussels for the event to meet with representatives of the European institutions and discuss the challenges faced by their community.

Prof. Distante, President of ISBEM – long-time member of ALDA and project partner – took the floor at the end of the event and said: “We should congratulate Thiene and ALDA for transforming this little project into a huge platform. The achievements of this project show the possibilities we have when we work in a network, share know-how, and capitalise on that”.

The final international seminar on circular economy at the local level in the framework of the project We-NET took place on 14-16 November in Brussels.

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The work started with a high level conference hosted by the Committee of the Regions, with welcome speeches by Roby BIWER, Member of the Commission ENVE of the CoR; Gilles PELAYO, Head of Unit, Europe for Citizens; Andrea ZORZAN, Councillor for Environment, City of Thiene (IT); Ms Malgorzata Golebiewska, Policy Officer, DG ENV; and Oriano OTOĆAN, President of ALDA.

Heart of the discussions was how to effectively engage citizens in the transition from a linear to circular economy, essential for a sustainable economy. Citizens play a key role, as individual behaviours and consumers’ preferences can make the difference and improve the living conditions in local communities. By bringing together project partners, local authorities, civil society organisations and experts, the seminar was a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and good practice on the topic.

The event took place in the framework of the project WE-NET – Working for Environmentally Educated Towns. The project, co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme, brings together local authorities and civil society associations from 8 countries in wider Europe and aims at establishing a self-sustainable platform of dialogue and exchange to develop effective local policies and practices promoting the implementation of the circular economy model at the local level. Lead partner of the project is the City of Thiene, from north-eastern Italy, a particularly Europe-driven and participative municipality. Participants from Thiene took advantage of their presence in Brussels for the event to meet with representatives of the European institutions and discuss the challenges faced by their community.

Prof. Distante, President of ISBEM – long-time member of ALDA and project partner – took the floor at the end of the event and said: “We should congratulate Thiene and ALDA for transforming this little project into a huge platform. The achievements of this project show the possibilities we have when we work in a network, share know-how, and capitalise on that”.