Trade, sustainable development and circular economy

Fri, 22 November 2019

9:00 – 14:00 

The Office
Rue d'Arlon 80
1040 Brussels 


The transition to a sustainable circular economy in Europe is an essential building block for the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In a global economy, the EU’s efforts to shift to a more sustainable use of resources within its territory will have repercussions and spillover effects – both positive and negative – outside the Union’s borders.

Trade plays a key role in this context. A shift to circular systems results in changes to resource flows – including the trade in these resources. Trade agreements, such as the EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), can affect the circularity of material flows at an international scale.

This event will focus on the impacts of implementing circular economy measures across all aspects of the EU’s trade relations. These impacts call for improved policy coherence between the EU’s circular economy measures and its trade and development cooperation policies. It will highlight key insights from the study and bring together a range of relevant stakeholders on the topic at the EU level.

The event is organised as part of the Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU and marks the launch a new study by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), with support from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The study has benefited from advice from a Steering Committee formed by experts from the OECD, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Tearfund and The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.



22.11.2019 9.00 – 14.00