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On the 18th of June 2015 the Rli (Council for the Environment and Infrastructure) presented its advice: ‘Circular Economy: From Wish to Practice’ to the Dutch minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp and state secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment Wilma Mansveld. In the report, co-authored by Circle Economy’s Guido Braam, the council argues that The Netherlands can benefit from more efficient use of resources. To achieve this, a broad circular agenda across different ministries is required. This will create more coherence among the considerable endeavours to create a circular economy that are already taking place.

The challenges for The Netherlands, according to the Rli, is to build on existing activities and to create more coherence between them, which will allow the circular economy to develop from an experiment to a commonplace activity. The council has developed a number of recommendations for national, provincial, regional and municipal governments. The council also calls for further development of a circular economy on a European level during the Dutch EU presidency next year. The council’s advice aligns with Circle Economy’s mission to turn The Netherlands into a circular hotspot, positioning the country internationally as an expert in circular economy thinking.

Late 2015 the Rli will organise a broad stakeholder meeting regarding its advice, with national, provincial, regional and municipal governments, knowledge institutions, companies and NGO’s.

An (english) version of the report can be downloaded here.


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