Keywords: social and solidarity economy, circular economy, white paper, workshops, exchanges, sharing

Social and circular economy at the centre of discussions at the “Rockhal”

“Social and circular: the economy of tomorrow” was the title of a conference organised today by the Department of Social and Solidarity Economy. The day brought together around 100 people from the economic, political and social spheres.

In his welcome address, the Minister of Economic Affairs, Franz Fayot, presented his vision of a new economic model. The minister stressed that social, economic and ecological aspects must be considered as a whole.

Bernard Lahure, representative of EcoTransFaire SARL SIS, then presented the main findings of a survey on the social and circular economy. These results clearly show that a better collaboration at the level of the Greater Region is needed in different areas.


The morning was followed by speeches by the mayors of the municipalities of Sanem and Wiltz, Simone Asselborn-Bintz and Fränk Arndt. Both mayors presented their respective strategies for the social and circular economy.

While in Sanem, projects such as Eis Epicerie, the GiveBox or the Spullkëscht demonstrate the willingness of the municipality to focus on the social and circular economy, the municipality of Wiltz has identified about 30 strategic projects that are being implemented with local partners.

The morning ended with an intervention by Philippe Drouillon of Metamorphosis on the 5 main challenges concerning the economy of tomorrow and a round table discussion bringing together experts from the Luxembourg and European administrations and managers of social enterprises.

The afternoon was dedicated to collaborative workshops on very concrete topics such as deconstruction materials and a new approach in the textile sector.

Press release by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Economy (in French). For the original publication, click here

Translated by Cyrielle CARLISI RIDACKER

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