EREK International Conference Day2


Draft agenda
08:30 Registration

Discussion corner 4: Business models for the future: what works, what could young people do when they start working? What should they study for?

Moderator: Ruslan Zheckov, Senior Associate Consultant, Technopolis Group, EREK Coordination team.

With the participation of Andre Richier, Principal Policy Officer for skills at the European Commission

09:00 Opening address

The moderator of the EREK International Conference will be Connie Czymoch.

Welcome address

Joanna Drake – Deputy Director General at DG Environment, European Commission.

09:20 Global outlook conversation


– Julien Guerrier, Director at EASME – Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, European Commission.

– Véronique Willems, Secretary-General at SMEUnited.

09:50 Debrief of the discussions of the first day
Moderators of the parallel sessions to show the results of the first day.





Cluster collaboration for Resource Efficiency uptake
Discussion on how green industrial clusters can enhance the use of clean technologies and promote more resource-efficient activities.Speakers:- Lisanne Saes, Senior Consultant, Technopolis Group, EREK coordination team.

– Mirjana Kranjac, Cluster Assitant Manager at Ecopanonia; Provincial Secretary for Economy and Tourism, Government of Vojvodina and Professor at Faculty of Engineering Management, Belgrade.

– Kaspar Nielsen, Project Manager and ECEI Assessor at Cluster Excellence Denmark.

10:45 Coffee Break

Discussion corner 5: Discussing support programmes and funding opportunities

Moderator: Pavel Ruzicka, Environmental Consultant, Enviros, EREK partner.

11:10 Business & policy debate
Hand-in-hand or on opposing teams? From business model blueprints for resource efficiency to green public procurement and circular economy: why do policies matter and how do they drive business and eco-innovation?- Anne Lenaerts, Sales and Marketing Director of NNOF.- Ismo Ulvila, European Commission’s lead UNFCCC negotiator on climate finance and chairman 2020-21 of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance, European Commission.

– Ilektra Papadaki, Policy Officer for Clean Technologies and Products, Directorate General Grow, European Commission.

– Arthur ten Wolde, Executive Director at Ecopreneur.

11:55 The challenges and the opportunities ahead

– Martina Fromhold – Eisebith, Professor and Chair of Economic Geography at RWTH Aachen University and Member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change.

“How can digitalisation support more sustainable, resource-efficient economies and societies? Insights from the WGBU Flagship Report, Towards our common digital future”

– Thomas de Romagnoli, Project Manager Circular Economy at Bruxelles Environment.

“Circular economy: challenges and opportunities”

12:55 Wrapping-up

– Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit for Advanced technologies, Clusters and Social Economy, DG Grow, European Commission

13:30 Side events (with a light lunch)

Visit to Brussels’ Circular Economy Champions

Visit to the BEL Conference Centre (TBC)

Limited spots, do not forget to confirm your participation on the second day of the conference! 

The moderator of the EREK International Conference will be Connie Czymoch.

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