10:00 - 16:30
With about 30 million EU jobs depending on the availability of raw materials, there is a need to bring innovation in policy terms to the sector in terms of policy initiatives such as the future Raw Materials KIC and the EIP on Raw Materials and the SPIRE PPP. Raw materials need to be smart and sustainable and with recent, increased attention on circular economy to keep the added value in products for as long as possible and eliminate waste. The transition to a more circular economy requires changes throughout value chains but also regional commitments – many of which are linked to smart specialisation strategies. This event will be an opportunity to get an overview of EU policy and industry perspectives and how these perspectives are being implemented at the regional level. The event will also provide for an excellent opportunity to network and to find future partners for future Horizon 2020 calls.