The European Week for Cities and Regions took place in Brussels between 9 and 13 October. ACR+ has been an active and visible participant delivering multiple presentations and contributions to the carried discussions.

First of all, ACR+ gave a keynote presentation on cities and regions driving circular economy through eco-innovation during a policy workshop on Circular Economy. The event was jointly organised by seven projects funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, among which three involve ACR+ – URBANREC, DECISIVE and URBANWASTE.The event further included presentations of each of the projects, with the objective to strengthen the future cooperation between the projects and to discuss the contributions to policy-making at different levels.

Furthermore, ACR+ also delivered a presentation on green public procurement (GPP) in the workshop on “Circular Cities: helping cities and regions to implement the circular economy”, moderated by Kestutis Sadauskas, Director of Circular Economy and Green Growth in DG Environment. The ACR+ intervention showcased GPP good practices from local authorities and presented the GUF tool of the LIFE FUTURE project.

Moreover, ACR+ moderated a roundtable discussion on circular economy and regulation, in the framework of a workshop “Circular Economy: stimulating and making way for circular business models”. This workshop was co-organised by ACR+ member Cleantech Region and the Arnhem Nijmegen City Region and gathered about 60 participants representing cities and regions from the organising territories and East Netherlands.

In addition, ACR+ was also present during “Circular Economy and the new entrepreneurial and social revolution”, a workshop organised by Lodzkie region. During this workshop, ACR+ member Maribor Wcycle Institute presented its approach based on gathering the five local utility companies to work together in a complementary way.