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Thursday, 26 September 2019

Draft agenda  


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

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.


Opening address

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

Welcome address

Ulla Engelmann, Head of unit for advanced technologies, clusters and social economy at the European Commission.


Global outlook conversation


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

Véronique Willems, Secretary-General at SMEUnited.

Ismo Ulvila, European Commission’s lead UNFCCC negotiator on climate finance and chairman 2020-21 of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance, European Commission.

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






Industrial 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.


- 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.


Coffee Break

Discussion corner 5: Discussing support programmes and funding opportunities

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

With the participation of Astrid Geiger, Head of Sector LIFE Climate Action, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises for the European Commission.


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.

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

- Eva Revilla, Policy Officer for internationalisation of EU industry clusters, expert on low carbon and resource efficiency support measures, Directorate General Grow, European Commission.

- Arthur ten Wolde, Executive Director at Ecopreneur.


The challenges and 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"


Wrap - up

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


Side events (with a light lunch)

Visit to Brussels’ Circular Economy Champions



Visit to the BEL Conference Centre 

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 Conny Czymoch.