In this episode, EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius will be joining us to explore the meaning of social value in the circular economy and whether social dynamics have been inherent factors in developing EU policies related to the green transition. We will also discuss the way forward in ensuring that tools such as the Social Economy Action Plan and the Circular Economy Action Plan are closely interlinked to create a more favourable policy and funding environment for social enterprises, safeguarding a socially fair and inclusive circular transition.
Virginijus Sinkevičius is the present Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, at the European Commission. From 2017 to 2019, Mr Sinkevičius was Minister of Economy, and prior to this he was leading the Committee of Economy at the Parliament of Lithuania. He was a Team Lead for Regulatory Affairs at Invest Lithuania before being elected to the Parliament in October 2016. Mr. Sinkevičius holds BA in International Relations and Affairs from Aberystwyth University and Master‘s degree in European International Affairs from Maastricht University.