DIF Studio Will Europe Seize the Circular Economy Opportunity?

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  • Ida Auken, Jyrki Katainen

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What role might policy play in the transition to a circular economy? Danish politician, and lead advocate for the concept, Ida Auken and European Vice-President for jobs, growth and investment Jyrki Katainen discuss the important role that the public sector can play in the shift from a national and an international perspective.


Ida Auken

Ida Auken

Ida Auken has served as Member of the Danish Parliament since 2007. She served as Minister of the Environment from 2011 to 2014. In that role she began the development of treating waste as a resource. Today she is Spokesperson of Environment for the Danish Social Liberal Party and Founder of the Danish Network for Circular Economy. She was the first Danish politician to be named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and has been included in the ‘40 under 40 European Young Leaders’. She is concerned with how growth can act as a catalyst for sustainable development.

Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen is currently Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. He joined the college in July 2014 as Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the euro. Before that he served as Prime Minister of Finland, 2011 - 2014 and Minister of Finance, 2007 - 2011. He was Member of Finnish Parliament 1999–2014 for the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus).

He was Member of the Finnish Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly 2003 - 2007, Member of the Administrative Council of the Finnish Broadcasting Company 2003 - 2005, Member of the Finish Delegation to the Western European Union Parliamentary Assembly 2004 - 2005 and the Deputy Member of the Finnish Delegation to the Nordic Council 2001–2003. Jyrki Katainen has MSc in Political Science from the University of Tampere, Finland (1998).

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