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Resilience: The missing link in the new Circular Economy Action Plan

(EurActiv, 21 Sep 2020) EU member states need to integrate resilience into their national recovery plans in order to be eligible for recovery support, write Joke Dufourment, Natalia Papu and Yasmina Lembachar.

Joke Dufourmont is the circular jobs initiative lead at Circle Economy, an Amsterdam-based not-for-profit organisation. Natalia Papu is a researcher and analyst at Circle Economy, and Yasmina Lembachar is the digital communications lead at Circle Economy.

The new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) paves a promising road towards circular value chains and the mainstreaming of renewable, regenerative and cyclable resources.

However, to ensure that the transition to a circular economy in the EU builds a resilient system–and a resilient labour market–, the CEAP still has some way to go, and upcoming CEAP actions should promote decentralised governance structures, support skills transferability, and build a stronger sociological foundation for the transition.

The new Circular Economy Action Plan, published in March 2020, is a comprehensive set of initiatives along the entire life-cycle of products that aims to ‘make the EU economy fit for a green future’.

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EurActiv, 21 Sep 2020: Resilience: The missing link in the new Circular Economy Action Plan