Hi, to all you lovely OSCE people,
it's time for democracy!

The EU is about to put billions of Euros of funding money into Circular Economy projects. Have a say where the money will be spent specifically and fill in this survey. Your answers will be collected and sent to the respective EU project team led by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella, and Industry Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska.

Of course, we will also share all the results on the OSCE platform! Completion of the survey will take around 15 minutes.
Let's vote circular!
What's your name?

Are you an EU-resident?

How well informed are you about the circular economy initiative?

OK, let's get to it. First topic: Production phase

How would you assess the importance of the following measures to promote circular economy principles in product design at EU level?

Establish binding rules on product design (e.g. minimum requirements on ‘durability’)

Encourage industry-led initiatives (i.e. self-regulation)

Develop standards for voluntary use

Promote and/or enable the use of economic incentives for eco-innovation and sustainable product design

(e.g. via rules on Extended Producer Responsibility schemes)

Review rules on legal and commercial guarantees

Encourage the consumption of green products

In order to facilitate the transition to a more circular economy, how would you assess the importance of the following product features?


Reparability: Availability of information on product repair

(e.g. repair manuals)

Reparability: Product design facilitating maintenance and repair activities

Reparability: Availability of spare parts

Upgradability and modularity


Biodegradability and compostability

Resource use in the use phase

(e.g. water efficiency)


(e.g. dismantling, separation of components, information on chemical content)

Increased content of reused parts or recycled materials

Increased content of renewable materials

Minimising lifecycle environmental impacts

How would you assess the importance of the following additional considerations when applying circular economy principles to products at EU level?

Impact on production cost and affordability of the product

Impact on production processes and value chain

Impact on consumers

(e.g. through durability and reparability)

Functionality of the product

Enabling innovation

Respecting technology neutrality

Impact on EU imports and exports

In your view which product categories should be given priority in the next few years?

What priority should be given to the following production processes?

Promote cooperation across value chains

(e.g. through encouraging new managerial modes

Address potential regulatory obstacles/gaps in EU legislation

Support the development of innovative business models

(e.g. leasing)

Improve the interface between chemicals and waste legislation

Promote collaboration between and among private and public sectors, including end-users

Support the development of digital solutions

Identify and promote exchange of best practice

Identify minimum standards for increasing resource-efficient processes

(e.g. Best Available Techniques)

Ensure availability of reliable data on material flows across value chains

Provide access to finance for high-risk projects

How effective do you think each of the actions at EU level listed below would be in promoting sustainable production and sourcing of raw materials?

Establishing a legally binding framework at EU level

(e.g. sustainability criteria)

Developing and promoting voluntary compliance scheme

Addressing the issue through trade policy

Addressing the issue through the promotion of targeted global initiatives

Addressing the issue through the promotion of targeted global initiatives

Promoting the exchange of best practice among businesses

Do you have any other comments about the production phase?

If not, just leave empty.
You already made it through half of the questions. Thank you! Here's the next section: Consumption phase

How would you assess the importance of measures to promote circular economy principles in the consumption phase at EU level?

Provide more information relevant to the circular economy to consumers

f.e. on expected lifetime of products or availability of spare parts

Ensure the clarity, credibility and relevance of consumer information related to the circular economy and protect consumers from false and misleading information in this respect

e.g. via labels, advertising, marketing etc.

Organise EU-wide awareness campaigns to promote the circular economy

Improve/clarify rules and practices affecting consumer protection

e.g. relating to legal and commercial guarantees

Take action on product and material design

Encourage financial incentives to consumers at national level

e.g. by differentiated taxation levels depending on products’ resource efficiency

Take measures targeting public procurement

e.g. through criteria for Green Public Procurement

Encourage new modes of consumption such as shared ownership (e.g. car sharing), collaborative consumption, leasing and the use of internet-based solutions

Promote the development of repair and maintenance services

Encourage waste prevention

e.g. minimising food waste

Which products should be a priority for EU action to promote more sustainable consumption patterns?

Now we would love to know more about your opinion on: Markets for secondary raw materials

Secondary raw materials are waste materials which are to be sold and used for recycling in manufacturing. At present, they still account for a very small portion of the material used in the EU.
In your view, what are the main obstacles to the development of markets for secondary raw materials in the EU?

In case you don't know, leave empty.
Lack of EU-wide quality standards for recycled materials

Poor quality of recycled materials

e.g. containing unwanted substances/high contamination

Lack of information or misinformation about the quality of recycled materials

Poor availability of waste/material to be recycled

Low demand for recycled materials

e.g. on the EU market

Cost differential between primary and secondary raw materials

Organisational cost of switching from primary to secondary raw materials in industrial processes

Regulatory obstacles at national/regional/local level

Regulatory obstacles at EU level

Regulatory gaps at EU level

Regulatory gaps at national/regional/local level

Insufficient cooperation/exchange of information along the value chain

e.g. between producers, recyclers and authorities responsible for waste management

Lack of reliable data on secondary raw material flows

Which secondary raw materials markets should the EU target first to improve the way they work?

Do you have any other comments about the development of markets for secondary raw materials?

If not, just leave empty again.
You are great! Only two short sections left. Next is: Sectoral measures

If you could only chose one sector as first priority for specific EU action on the circular economy, it would be:

If you like, we would love to know why you chose this sector?

Almost done! This is the last section: Enabling factors for the circular economy, including innovation and investment

How important are the following enabling factors in promoting the circular economy at EU level?

Financing innovative projects or technologies relevant to the circular economy (from EU funds, e.g. Horizon 2020)

Public incentives (e.g. financial guarantees) for private investors to finance projects conducive to the circular economy

Support for the development of circular economy projects

e.g. technical assistance

Support for innovative systemic approaches and cross-sectoral cooperation

e.g. industrial symbiosis and cascading use of resources

Partnerships with public authorities to help innovative businesses overcome potential legal obstacles to innovation

Promotion of innovative business models for the circular economy

e.g. leasing and sharing

Specific measures to encourage the uptake of the circular economy among SMEs

Exchange and promotion of best practice

Promoting the development of skills/qualifications relevant to the circular economy

Support for capacity-building in public administrations

Support for market penetration of innovative projects through labelling, certification and standards, public procurement for innovation, etc.

Better monitoring the implementation and impact of policies contributing towards the circular economy agenda

Increasing the knowledge base by collecting and providing information and data

e.g. on material flows, technologies and consumption patterns

Final question: Do you have any other comments about enabling factors to promote the circular economy?

If yes, shortly explain. If not (today), just leave empty.
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