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Links between circular economy, trade and sustainable development

Authors: Susanna Gionfra, Marianne Kettunen, Misty Monteville

IEEP is undertaking a study to explore the links between trade, circular economy and sustainable development, providing policy recommendations for better policy coherence. The project is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the 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.

The study aims to provide an evidence-based analysis of the global dimensions of the EU circular economy and its interlinkages with trade. In particular, it will explore the effects of the transition to circular economy in Europe on third countries and the EU’s role in the development of a sustainable circular economy worldwide.

As a part of the study, an expert workshop will be organised back-to-back the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) in Helsinki, on June 5th 2019, and will gather key trade, circular economy and sustainable development experts.

The workshop is by invitation only. If you will be attending the WCEF and are interested in contributing to the discussions on the interlinkages between trade, circular economy and sustainable development, do not hesitate to contact Susanna Gionfra (

For further information, feel free to consult the summary of the project (see below).

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Trade and CE project by IEEP - one pager (May 2019)

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