About the Conference

The International Conference CIrClE2018 “Challenges for the Islands in the era of Circular Economy” will be held between 20-22 September, 2018 in Chania, Greece, under the auspices of the European Commission; aiming at highlighting cross border cooperation, enhancing bilateral & multilateral relations, strengthening economic & business opportunities and promoting growth, sustainable development and circular economy practices in the islands and coastal areas of the Mediterranean by building capacity to that effect.

The Conference cornerstone is explaining the new circular economy framework, sharing good practice, networking & dialogue promotion, focusing on economic and territorial cohesion, capacity building, transferability and regional cooperation in topics such as:

  • EU islands' circular economy challenges and opportunities
  • Clean energy islands initiative
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Water resources
  • Waste management and plastics' strategy
  • Blue growth
  • Climate change
  • Insularity and coastal areas issues
  • EU co-financing and relevant instruments
  • IT and smart islands initiatives

During the Interreg MED Green Growth Community Business Forum session, institutions, businesses and policy-makers meet together to exchange their views for transforming ideas into business opportunities, supported by innovative funding - financing tools fostering Circular Economy business models and eco-innovation. Among other, the session includes:

  • Good company practices & live demonstration
  • Funding - financing tools supporting CE business model
  • Market opportunities towards circular economy

The Interprogramme synergies session will be focusing on synergies among European, national and regional strategies, in the forefront of circular economy. Under the scope of insularity, thematic priorities of Blue Growth coming into projects will be tackled, in the framework of multilevel governance, local peculiarities and interregional cooperation within projects’ consortiums.