Join Our #EUCircularTalk: The Circular Electronics Initiative – Insights on Skills on 25 May 2021

Worldwide, only 10% of all mobile phone users give back their old mobile phones, while 90% store immense treasures of resources in their drawers at home*. In a European context, the Commission’s Circular Electronics Initiative counts on consumers to bring unused small electronic devices back to the resource cycle. But, how can consumers be supported in closing the loop and who needs which skills for that? At the #EUCircularTalk The Circular Electronics Initiative: Insights on Skills, the CSCP brings together experts and stakeholders to discuss these questions and share ideas on next steps.

The ‘right to repair’ and ‘take-back schemes’ are central elements of the Circular Electronics Initiative, launched by the European Commission as part of the Circular Economy Action Plan. The initiative is focused on “empowering consumers and providing them with cost-saving opportunities” as a key building block towards the circular economy**. But there are many obstacles on the way, foremost the intention-action gap. Consumers often declare that they are willing to endorse more sustainable practices, yet find it challenging to act on it. This leads to one central question: How can circular behaviours be supported and which skills are required to make this happen?

On 25 May, 11:00-12.30 CET, as part of the #EUCircularTalks, the CSCP on behalf of the Leadership Group “Retailers, Consumers & Skills” of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) will host a discussion that looks to dive deeper into the type of skills that different actors, including retailers, city administrations, or civil society organisations need in order to support circular behaviours among consumers. Field experts and relevant stakeholders will present current insights and activities at the EU level, including good practices in circular behaviours regarding the electronics sector.


  • Tatjana Babrauskienè, Head of International Relations, Lithuanian Education and Science Trade Union, Workers’ Group, EESC
  • Bettina Lorz, Senior Expert at the European Commission Directorate General for the Environment, Waste Management and Secondary Materials Unit
  • Daniel Montalvo, Head of Group Sustainable Resource Use and Industry, EEA
  • Mark Hidson, Deputy Regional Director, Global Director Sustainable Procurement, ICLEI
  • Michal Len, Director, RReuse
  • Tim Schreiber, Policy Officer, VET, Apprenticeships and Adult Learning, DG EMPL, EC
  • Retailer repr., Eurocommerce (tbc.)
  • Michael Kuhndt, Executive Director, CSCP

Date: 25 May 2021
Time: 11:00-12:30 CEST
Place: Online
Language: English

For additional information and to register, please visit the #EUCircularTalks page.

The #EUCircularTalks are a new exchange concept organised within the framework of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP), to which the CSCP is a Coordination Group member.

For further questions, please contact Imke Schmidt.

*Welfens, Nordmann, Seibt (2017)
**EC, 2020