The 3-day International Conference CIrClE2018 “Challenges for the Islands in the era of Circular Economy” took place between 20 and 22 of September 2018, in Chania, Crete, Greece, at the premises of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania. Under the auspices of the European Commission and the Region of Crete, CirCLE2018 aimed at promoting circular economy in the islands and coastal areas of the Mediterranean, sharing good practice and boosting capacity building byimproving cross border cooperation, enhancing bilateral & multilateral relations, strengthening economic & business opportunities as well as promoting green and blue growth and sustainabledevelopment.
EU representatives from DG ENV, DG REGIO, DG MOVE, as well as important networks such as CPMR, Greening the Islands, INSULEUR and DAFNI were represented together with regional and local authorities from 21 countries. IFIs and financial instruments and programmes, such as EBRD, Innovation Norway, EASME and Interreg MED, have linked the Circular Economy objectives to the real market offering innovative financing and funding opportunities and schemes to various enterprises/SMEs and stakeholders. During the Business forum, organized by the Interreg MED Green Growth Community, more than 40 B2B and B2G meetings were held. In the projects’ exhibition area, more than 20 different co-financed projects had the opportunity to present their ideas to the public. The field visit at the DEDISA Mechanical and Composting plant has demonstrated a good practice that was developed with EU co-financing to remedy a past bad practice; in parallel, the company ONFLOW demonstrated a new eco-innovative electrolysis technology.
More than 280 participants from 21 different countries, including North Africa, were registered to the conference.