The transition we want for the future we need! Circular cities and regions that deliver for people

From 18 June 2024 09:30 until 19 June 2024 17:30



ACR+ 30th General Assembly and LIFE IP Smart Waste project closing seminar


We know that circular economy answers to the environmental challenges threatening our planet and future. Yet, its potential still needs to be unlocked. At the heart of the transition, cities and regions are called to drive their environmental policies towards sustainable consumption and production models, respecting the planet boundaries and ensuring everyone’s basic needs.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the network and the end of the LIFE IP SMART WASTE project, ACR+ and its member the French Region SUD invite you to reflect on the role of public authorities and the tools at their disposal to accelerate the transition to a just, sufficient, and circular society. Join this unique seminar in Marseille to discuss ACR+’s vision for circular cities and regions and its strategy by 2030. You will meet and exchange with ACR+ members, Janez Potočnik, and a wide array of experts representing the European institutions, civil society, academia, and private sector.



📍 Our host, Region SUD, has secured one of the best venues in town: the MUCEM!

🎤 Hear experts' insight on how to enable a just, sufficient, and circular transition

🚀 Discuss our strategy for 2030 and shape the directions to be taken by the network to support you in your green ambitions

🗳️ Elect the new ACR+ Board of Directors and President (ACR+ members only)

👏 Celebrate award-winning actions preventing waste in Europe and Mediterranean region

🌟 Peek into how Region Sud is transforming itself into a zero waste region by developing territorial dynamics to implement and reinforce the efficiency of its environmental public policies

🚲 Get on a bike to visit a a local Inclusive and Cooperative Service Hub or put on your sneakers to see a Biodegradable food waste micro-methanisation plant in situ (ACR+ members only)

👀 Learn from innovative solutions to achieve zero waste in the Mediterranean

📸 Discover the winning pictures of the first ACR+ Photo Contest

🙋🏻‍♂️ Do not forget your business cards as there will be plenty of networking opportunities



Download the programme.

TIP! Visit the exhibition on the LIFE IP SMART WASTE project and of the ACR+ Photo Contest throughout the conference at the MUCEM forum.



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In parallel to the ACR+ General Assembly, the Interreg Euro-MED Innovative Sustainable Economy Mission Thematic Community Project is organising two days of interactive sessions and networking between organisations working for a more sustainable Mediterranean region. It will give you the opportunity to meet and learn from over 14 projects linked to the macro-thematic of blue and green circular economies, smart specialisation implementation, and business models.

On 18 June, the Interreg Euro-MED Innovative Sustainable Economy (ISE) Mission Community of Practice will be launched. On 19 June, the first edition of the MED Innovation Day, a dynamic event that will enhance the vision of a desirable sustainable Mediterranean, will be celebrated.

More information and registration here.



Some sessions of the conference are open to all.
Register online before 31 May here.
ACR+ member are invited to register via a dedicated form.

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  • Venues:
    MUCEM - Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée
    7 promenade Robert Laffont (esplanade du J4) - 13002 Marseille
    How to reach it (public transport):
    • Metro: Vieux-Port or Joliette stop (approx. 10 min walk)
    • Tram: Line T2 République, Dames ou Joliette stop (approx. 10-15 min walk)
    • Bus: Line 82 or 82s (Littoral Major or Fort Saint-Jean stop)—Night Line 582 Line 60 (Littoral Major or Fort Saint-Jean stop)
      Line 49 (Église Saint-Laurent, Littoral Major ou Fort Saint-Jean stop)

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Promenade Robert Laffont, Esp. J4

  • Language: the sessions will be held either in French or in English. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.
  • Pictures and videos: pictures and videos will be taken for communication purposes. If you disagree, please contact the organisers.


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This event has been co-funded by the European Union.
Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.


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