Event

EU Committee

Sustainable Products Initiative

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Location: Online Webinar
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Join us at the Chamber on Wednesday 4 May at 15:30 CET for an online event on Sustainable Products Initiative with Matjaž Malgaj, Head of Unit for Sustainable Products and Production at the Commission's DG ENV. This event is kindly sponsored by SEC Newgate.

The Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI) aims to reduce the negative life cycle environmental impacts of products and improve the functioning of the internal market. It will build on the EcoDesign Directive (2009), extending the scope to new product categories and introducing new eco-design performance and information requirements to encourage the production of more durable, reusable, repairable, recyclable, and energy-efficient goods in the EU's Single Market.

Expected to be published on 30 March, the Chamber welcomes Mr Malgaj on 4 May to discuss how this new regulation will deliver sustainable production and boost demand for sustainable goods.

Mr Malgaj is coordinating work of European Commission’s departments for environment, for energy and for growth on the Sustainable Products Initiative. He has over 21 years of experience in European affairs. Previously he served in various leadership and advisory roles in the European Commission, including as a Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Environment when he helped steer the environment policy including the first EU’s resource efficiency and circular economy initiatives and the work on Sustainable Development Goals.

This event will consist of a short presentation by Mr Malgaj explaining the initiative, followed by a moderated Q&A session, where participants will have the opportunity to put their questions to the speaker.

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Speakers

Matjaž Malgaj

Matjaž Malgaj

Head of Unit, DG Environment, European Commission
Mr Malgaj is coordinating work of European Commission’s departments for environment, for energy and for growth on Sustainable Products Initiative. The aim of the initiative is to help make products sold in the EU markets fit for a climate-neutral, resource-efficient and circular economy, and ensure that the performance of front-runners in sustainability progressively becomes the norm. He has over 21 years of experience in European affairs. Previously he served in various leadership and advisory roles in the European Commission, including as a Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Environment when he helped steer the environment policy including the first EU’s resource efficieny and circular economy initiatives and the work on Sustainable Development Goals. He was also Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Crisis Management and Head of Unit for Marine environment and Water industry policies. Between 1999 and 2004 he worked for the Government of Slovenia on country's accession to the European Union and the European Economic Area. Mr Malgaj has a degree in law. He studied at Central European University in Budapest (HU), UC Berkeley (US), University of Amsterdam (NL) and University of Ljubljana (SI).

This event is held under the Chatham House Rule.

It aims to provide anonymity to speakers and to encourage openness and the sharing of information. It is now used throughout the world as an aid to free discussion. When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.