Monitoring progress in Europe's circular economy

"The Bellagio process: Monitoring progress in Europe's circular economy" is an initiative taken by the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) and the European Environment Agency (EEA), which aims to consolidate key principles and areas for future work to improve the monitoring of circular economy.

Circular Economy Action Plan

This process contributes to the objectives of Europe’s new Circular Economy Action Plan, a central part of the European Green Deal, which calls for improved metrics to monitor the progress towards circularity. This monitoring should cover the inter-linkages between circularity, climate neutrality and the zero-pollution ambition.

In addition, indicators on resource use, including consumption and material footprints, should be further developed.

Declaration of Principles

The initiative consists of a series of webinars during the spring and summer 2020 (see below). The outcomes of the webinar discussions will culminate in a Workshop on 14-16 October 2020 in Bellagio (Italy) and the learnings will be distilled in a Declaration of Principles, which will form the basis for further developments around indicators and monitoring frameworks in support of the Green Deal.

Please find a draft version of the Declaration hereThis document will form the basis for discussions during and after the series of webinars held in May and June 2020.


Presentations, documentation and recordings of the various webinars can be found through the different links:

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You can read more about the Bellagio Process here