Circular economy and foreign policy

How we implement the circular economy programme

Finland’s position as a pioneer in the circular economy requires action at the national and EU level, and a consistent and goal-oriented foreign policy. This must be apparent in our country branding, trade policy, development policy, promotion of exports, and multilateral environmental policy forums.

A comprehensive foreign policy on the circular economy as part of our climate and innovation policy will reinforce Finland’s role in the international implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will also create opportunities to offer Finnish and European circular economy solutions in international markets.

To achieve this, Finland must be active in EU and international negotiations on natural resources agreements and commit to continuing the activities of the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF). Finland’s export opportunities can also be furthered by combining the products and innovations of different companies into complete solutions for customers.

What we do and where we are now:

1. Promote the global transition to the circular economy.

  • This measure is still in the early planning stage. Organisation responsible: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

2. Develop a coordination model to expedite the export of Finnish circular economy solutions. 

  • This measure is still in the early planning stage. Organisation responsible: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.