ÖKOINDUSTRIA Opening program

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2020. November 04. 10:00-13:00 (CET)



ÖKOINDUSTRIA ONLINE Keynote Speech-Antonis Mavropoulos



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The ÖKOINDUSTRIA ONLINE INTRO event from November 4-6 took place as a preliminary program of the Budapest ÖKOINDUSTRIA Green Expo postponed to April 28-30, 2021 due to the pandemic situation. The venue of the first two days of the event was a Danube boat in style, adapted to the theme. The speeches on site and in the online space were determined by the adaptation to the current situation and the preparation for the future challenges. According to the statistics of the three-day event about 3000 visitors from 45 countries attended the online event. The videos of the programs are available in original English and some of them with Hungarian simultaneous interpretation as well on the expo page on a daily breakdown. You can also read the text summary of the online event.

Hungarian Association of Environmental Enterprises (HAEE) as the organiser of ÖKOINDUSTRIA Green Expo, with its 245 member organizations has been a representative organization of the green industry since 1993. The event is one of the most significant one in the Central-Eastern European region for environmental technologies, products and services  and will be held 28-30 April, 2021

Main patron:
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János Áder
President of Hungary

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István Nagy
Minister for Agriculture

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Péter Szijjártó
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Opening program on Day 1: 

9:45 - 10:00   Entry in virtual “lobby”  
10:00 -10:05 Tomaj Szofismall 10

Greetings and brief introduction, technical details on the session

Moderator: Zsófia Tomaj, Sustainable development expert
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Gary Hanko, managing director of Hungarian Association of Environmental Enterprisesm (HAEE)

10:10 - 10:15 rene Welcome by the Guest Country, Kingdom of the Netherlands René van Hell, Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Hungary
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Johan Oost, Managing Director, Wetskills Foundation

10:20 - 10:25 dr.SzaboKristof

Words from the strategic partner

Dr. Kristóf Szabolcs, CEO, HEPA
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Industry 4.0 and the circular economy, waste streams of the future, innovations in the waste management, IT solutions to create circular economy
Antonis Mavropoulos, waste management scientist, former ISWA President
Wasteless Future

11:30 - 11:45   Coffee break    
11:45 - 13:00  „Council of Wise men” – Roundtable dialogue on plastic and circular economy

-Circular economy the guidelines of EU Green Deal
-What are the most urgent tasks?
-„Curse or blessing?” Role of plastic, future plastics, alternatives of SUP

We encourage and welcome industry decision makers, representatives of collectors, users, packaging manufacturers, FMCG companies and other interested parties to become an active participant in this session.

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(MAV Group), international waste management expert
antonis Antonis Mavropoulos, waste management scientist, former ISWA President
Wasteless Future

Bernard Bernard Merkx, Managing director of Green Wave Plastic and
Co-founder of Waste Free Oceans Foundation

  Ivan Iván Ivanovics, managing director Mikrolin Ltd., Head of the Plastic Working Group at HAEE  
13:00 - 13:10   Wrap up and closing remarks  


The official language of the conference is English but on the first day translation and interpreting services will  be available.

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