Implementation of the circular model in Romania, a popular concept in the European Union (EU) is fragile and still not entirely understood in Romania at all levels of stakeholders. However, there is the local potential in generating positive perspectives of embodiment in the circularity of Romanian economy in the following years, especially following EU regulations in the field.

The Diplomat-Bucharest will organize the second edition of CIRCULAR ECONOMY conference, on March 31, 2022 in Bucharest, at JW. Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, A&B Ballroom, in a hybrid event with LIVE transmission.

The event benefits from the support  of:

GOLD PARTNERS: EY, TenarisSilcotub, Kaufland, TenarisSilcotub, Auchan, Altex

STRATEGIC PARTNER: Coalition for Crcular Economy- CERC

SUPPORTING INSTITUTIONS: BRCC- British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, AHK Romania, Belgian Luxembourg Romanian Moldovan Chamber of Commerce, Henro-Energy Producers. Association, Cluj IT Cluster, ADAA-Association for the Development of Local Entrepreneurship, Lovering & Partners Business Performance Consultants

MEDIA PARTNERS: Automotive Today, Outsourcing Today, Financial Intelligence, Economistul, Romania Durabila, Club Economic, Ziarul Bursa

The conference aims to highlight the status of local measures and actions related to circular economy in Romania, identify the performers in this field, to offer a local perspective of the CE theory towards its practical implementation and applicability of the principles of the circular economic system related to the Romanian economy.





LÁSZLÓ BORBÉLY, State Councilor, Department of Sustainable Development Government of Romania

ANCA DRAGU, Senator, Romanian Senate

CONSTANTIN DAMOV, President CERC,  Circular Economy Coalition

GUS SCHELLEKENS, Senior Sustainability Advisor, EY RO

ELENA-SIMINA LAKATOS, President, Institute for Research in Circular Economy and Environment “Ernest Lupan”

RAUL POP, Waste management expert, ECOTECA

ALEX. LAIBAR, Executive Director, CERC,  Circular Economy Coalition (MODERATOR SES I)



VALER HANCAS,  Communication and Corporate Affairs Director, Kaufland Romania

CRISTINA SIMA, Environment Senior Manager, TenarisSilcotub

IULIA MALIOUKIS, Senior Project Manager, Horváth

EDVIN ABDULACHIM, Commercial Director, Altex

FLORIAN BURNAR, Senior Consultant, Government and Public Sector, EY RO (MODERATOR SES II)





In line with EU’s 2050 climate neutrality goal under the Green Deal, the European Commission proposed a new Circular Economy Action Plan in March 2020, focusing on waste prevention and management and aimed at boosting growth, competitiveness and EU global leadership in the field. The Parliament called for tighter recycling rules and binding 2030 targets for materials use and consumption in a resolution adopted on 9 February 2021.

  • Romanian action plan on circularity and 2022\s updates
  • Authorities’ voice and Leadership in circular economy in Romania
  • Romanian assumed targets in circularity and waste management
  • Challenges to be tackled in Romania regarding circularity



To achieve an EU market of sustainable, climate-neutral and resource-efficient products, the Commission proposes extending the Ecodesign Directive to non-energy-related products. MEPs also back initiatives to fight planned obsolescence, improve the durability and reparability of products and to strengthen consumer rights with the right to repair. It simply refers to moving to sustainable products but it is not a simple matter at all. How it affects and what is its impact upon producers, distributors and consumers.

  • Impact of EcoDesign directive in Romania on producers, distributors and consumers
  • The voice of authorities, regulations and knowledge sharing regarding Eco Design in Romania
  • Assumed targets of Eco Design in Romania



Concepts such as circularity and sustainability must be integrated in all stages of a product’s value chain to achieve a fully circular economy:  from initial design to production and to end-user. The EU Commission action plan refers to seven key areas essential to achieving a circular economy: plastics; textiles; e-waste; food, water and nutrients; packaging; batteries and vehicles; buildings and construction.

  • Which are the targeted critical sectors in Romania for circularity and which is the local impact of assumed objectives?
  • Challenges of circularity on different economic sectors and opportunities to achieve a stronger circularity
  • Measures and actions to enhance circular economy and sustainability in Romania?
  • Success stories in Romania for sustainable and circular implementations



Trends transforming the waste management industry. Enabling and making then best of the cutting-edge technologies and real cooperation between all process stakeholders: recyclers, designers, packagers, manufacturers, businesses, municipalities, governments and, not the least, consumers.

  • Successful waste management models in Romania
  • Recycling methods and converting waste to energy traditional waste disposal
  • Opportunities and challenges in addressing the waste management segment in Romania
  • Regulations and authorities’ commitment to tackling the matter of waste management


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