Policy-making for the transition towards a Circular Economy. A conversation with Janez Potočnik, Former European Commissioner for the Environment.
Janez Potočnik received his PhD in economics from the University of Ljubljana (1993). Between 1988 and 1993, he was a senior researcher at the Institute for Economic Research in Ljubljana. Mr. Potočnik was Minister Councillor at the Slovenian Prime Minister’s Cabinet from 2001 to 2002 and Minister for European Affairs from 2002 to 2004. He headed the negotiating team for the Accession of Slovenia to the EU between 1998 and 2004. In 2004 Potočnik became European Commissioner, responsible for science and research. On 27 November 2009 he was nominated to serve as European Commissioner for the Environment in the Barroso Commission; in this capacity, he provided a fundamental contribution to the establishment of the Circular Economy agenda. In November 2014, he became co-chair of the International Resource Panel (IRP), a forum of scientists and experts working on natural resources management.