The decision-making process for setting the next mandate of the European Commission (2024-2029) is evolving over time. The Commission, member state governments, MEPs and European Parliament’s political groups are all playing different roles and having different degrees of influence throughout the process.

On 28 March 2023, Cepi together with 13 other EU trade associations, including the providers of high-quality wood-based products, fibre-based paper and board products and packaging, and renewable energy solutions, launched a cross-sectoral coalition supporting circular choices for a competitive EU bioeconomy (Circular Choices coalition). The coalition, which is supported by 6 associations representing the EU forest owners and managers, aims at presenting to EU policymakers a common vision ahead of 2030 and, going beyond, one leading to a transition towards a circular bioeconomy.

In the current preparatory period for 2024, policymakers have choices to make and priorities to set.  The Circular Choices campaign aims at joining our different value chains under one voice and making sure our sector and our policy recommendations are considered in the programme of the next European Commission.

This Cepinar will serve as an informative session on the EU political process to get to the next mandate and will introduce the Circular Choices coalition and campaign, and our recommendations for replicating it at national level.

Circular Choices Campaign: Preparing for the next mandate of the
European Commission (2024-2029)
14 June 2023
14h – 15h30 CET


Legacy of Swedish EU Presidency
EU competitiveness: opportunities and challenges
Message by representative of Swedish EU Presidency

Overview of Swedish presidency’s key takeaways
Jori Ringman
Director General, Cepi

Marco Eikelenboom
CEO, Sappi Europe
Vice-Chairman, Cepi

Circular Choices
EU Policy landscape, campaign, member states’ role
Ana Diaz Cordero
EU Public Affairs Manager, Cepi
Sabrine Skiker
Associate Director, Hanover Communications

Circular Choices
Coalition partners