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Paradigm shifts in the EU’s regulatory approach to the circular economy

The European Union as a Circular Economy: Command & Control?

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Photo: Janine Lamontagne

This online conference at Utrecht University aims to evaluate and discuss two particular paradigm shifts, namely the changing role of EU public procurement law, and the enhancing role of rules for circular product policy, in light of future steps to be taken.

Date: 30. April 2021
Time: 9:00-12:30
Location: online

On 11 March 2021, the Circular Economy Action Plan celebrated its first anniversary. A little over one year ago, the European Commission aimed at providing a future-oriented agenda to achieve a cleaner and more competitive Europe. At the time, the Commission clearly called for change in this broad agenda by alarmingly stating that ‘there is only one planet Earth, yet by 2050, the world will be consuming as if there were three’. The Commission boldly proposed two paradigm shifts, notably in the areas of public procurement and circular products, both with potentially far-reaching implications for law and policy in the circular economy. The emphasized urgency is still ever present, yet the question arises, however, how these shifts must be evaluated, and – more importantly - what is still required in the future to achieve the objectives of this plan.

In this half a day interdisciplinary international conference, this stock-taking and future-focused endeavour in light of the Circular Economy Action Plan takes center stage. It aims to evaluate and discuss two particular paradigm shifts, namely the changing role of EU public procurement law, and the enhancing role of rules for circular product policy, in light of future steps to be taken.

Conference programme

9:00 – 9:15

Opening remarks by prof dr. Chris Backes & dr. Willem Janssen

9:15 – 10:45

Part I: A paradigm shift towards mandatory circular public procurement

Reflections (each 15 min):    

  • Circular public procurement – from best practice to common practice

prof. dr. Fredo Schotanus (Economics, Utrecht University)           
 

  • From clean vehicles to batteries: the new mandatory EU public procurement law approach to climate change

dr. Willem Janssen (Law, Utrecht University)        
 

  • Mandatory sustainable public procurement: the Italian experience

prof. dr. Roberto Caranta (Law, University of Turin)

 

Respondents (each 5 min):    
 

  • Åsa Edman (SKL Kommentus)
  • Tim Stoffel (The German Development Institute)

Discussion (30 min)
 

10:45 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 12:30

Part II: A paradigm shift towards circular products policy  

Reflections (15 min each):    
 

  • Producer responsibility of third-country producers in e-commerce  

prof. dr. Thomas Schomerus (Law, Leuphana University of Lüneburg)

                             

  • Pathways for Extended Producer Responsibility on the road to a Circular Economy

dr. Walter Vermeulen (Environmental Governance, Utrecht University)

 

  • Tackling planned Obsolescence of Smart Goods in the Circular Economy - The Effectivity of Remedies

prof. dr. Alberto De Franceschi, (Law, University of Ferrara)

 

Respondents (5 min each)
 

  • Drs. Tjeerd Meester, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
  • Dr. Petrus Kautto, Finish Environment Institute (SYKE)

Discussion (30 min)
 

12:30

Closing remarks

Registration

Admission is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. Please register your attendance prior to this event by sending an email to ms. Neisingh at secretariaatIERSBR@uu.nl, after which you will receive the webinar link and further instructions.

Organisation

This conference is convened by prof. Chris Backes and dr. Willem Janssen (respectively working at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL) and the Utrecht University Centre for Public Procurement (UUCePP) / the Utrecht Centre for Regulation & Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE)).

This event is kindly supported by the Utrecht University Hub ‘Towards a Circular Economy and Society’ and the European Law Institute (Environmental Law SIG).

Begindatum en -tijd
Einddatum en -tijd
Locatie
Online
Entree
Free of charge
Aanmelden

Please register your attendance prior to this event, by sending an e-mail to ms. Neisingh at secretariaatIERSBR@uu.nl, after which you will receive the webinar link and further instructions.