04 oct 2018
Finland

CEOE PARTICIPATED IN A BUSINESS MEETING ON CIRCULAR ECONOMY WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF FINLAND, JUHA SIPILÄ

The event was organized by CEOE, the State Secretary for Trade through the ICEX, Spain’s Chamber of Commerce and the Finnish Embassy.

Today, the vice president of CEOE, Joaquim Gay de Montellà, took part in the meeting titled “Circular Economy: Opportunities for collaboration between Spanish and Finnish companies”, on the occasion of the visit to Spain of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland, Juha Sipilä. At the event, organized by CEOE, the Secretary of State for Trade through ICEX Spain Exports and Investments, Spain’s Chamber of Commerce and the Embassy of Finland, in collaboration with the Ministry of Ecological Transition, they spoke about the incorporation of the circular economy as a key element to favour the change towards a sustainable development model that enables the maximization of the available resources.

Finland

Participants in the meeting included the Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipilä; the Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Alfonso Morán; the CEO of ICEX, María Peña Mateos; the vice president of CEOE, Joaquim Gay de Montellà; and the president of the Chamber of Commerce, José Luis Bonet.

The vice president of CEOE, Joaquim Gay de Montellà, stressed during the closing speech that special emphasis has been placed on the concept of the circular economy, a comprehensive concept in which all materials are used and recycled in full. He also spoke of the positive economic and trade relations between Finland and Spain and the significant opportunities for business collaboration in different fields, not only bilaterally but also in third markets and within all the Nordic countries.

Bilateral cooperation

The Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipilä, who opened the meeting, pointed out the need to strengthen the cooperation between the Spanish and Finnish governments around the circular economy. He also encouraged Finnish and Spanish companies "to work together to develop innovative and sustainable solutions because the change is already here". For Sipilä, European companies should take advantage of new business opportunities that arise in waste reuse to generate new products and bioenergy.