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Thank you all for participating! 

We had a great evening debate which focused on plastics and marine litter, followed by a hot buffet, drinks and great conversation. We look forward to seeing you at the next Wednesday Social in Brussels this November. 


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11 April 2019 

20:00 - 22:00

The Church, Den Burg, Texel, Netherlands.

Plastics - Not so fantastic!

Responsible Business in the 21st Century

The use of plastics in society has shot up the political agenda recently. Environmental campaigns demonstrating the damage that plastic litter can do to the natural environment have raised the level of public awareness. Accordingly, governments around the world are acting to reduce the use of, in particular, single use plastic products. Indeed, the island of Texel and its neighbours Terschelling and Vlieland, have come to face the reality recently when 270 containers, carrying a range of goods, much of them made from plastic, fell from the decks of Europe’s largest container vessel during storms in the North Sea, washing up on the islands’ shores.

What are businesses doing to reduce their plastic footprint across supply chains? What responsibilities do citizens have? Are governments moving quickly enough to provide the necessary political and legislative frameworks in which action can take place? What innovations will facilitate the necessary shifts in consumption patterns? 

This debate, as part of the DEMOCRACY ALIVE Festival, addressed these questions and drove forward the conversation around solutions and next steps.



19:30: Registration & Welcome Drinks

20:00: Welcome Address

20:05: Keynote Speech 

20:15: Panel Debate

21:15:  Closing Remarks

21:20:  Network Dinner Sponsored by METRO AG

22:00: End of event

For information on speakers please click here

Check the website regularly for updates. 



The Church, Den Burg, Texel NL

The Church is located next to the DEMOCRACY ALIVE festival village in Den Burg. 

To travel to Texel from Amsterdam take the train to Den Helder. At Den Helder there will be a bus (5min ride) which will take you to the ferry terminal in order to get to the Island of Texel. The ferry takes 25 minutes and departs every hour.


About the Organisers

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METRO is a leading international wholesale company with food and non-food assortments that specialises on serving the needs of hotels, restaurants and caterers (HoReCa) as well as independent traders. Around the world, METRO has some 24 million customers who can choose whether to shop in one of the large-format stores, order online and collect their purchases at the store or have them delivered. 

For more information, please visit

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European Movement International (EMI)


The European Movement is the largest pan-European network of pro-European organisations. It is present in 39 countries and encompasses 36 International Associations, bringing together European civil society, business, trade unions, NGOs, political parties, local authorities and academia.


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EuroCommerce is the principal European organisation representing the retail and wholesale sector. It embraces national associations in 31 countries and 5.4 million companies, both leading global players such as Carrefour, Ikea, Metro and Tesco, and many small businesses. Retail and wholesale provide a link between producers and 500 million European consumers over a billion times a day. It generates 1 in 7 jobs, providing a varied career for 29 million Europeans, many of them young people. It also supports millions of further jobs throughout the supply chain, from small local suppliers to international businesses. EuroCommerce is the recognised European social partner for the retail and wholesale sector. 

To find out more, visit the website

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Forum Europe

Forum Europe is the leading EU dedicated conference and event provider. Founded in 1989 and with offices at the heart of the European Union in Brussels, Forum Europe specialises in EU focussed political and economic conferences and debates. We work successfully with businesses, institutions, NGOs and governments alike while organising our own portfolio of sector leading events.

You can find out more about us by going to


Centraal Bureau Levensmiddelenhandel (CBL)


CBL represents the collective interests of the supermarket sector and food service companies. For supermarkets, the consumer is central to all its activities.  CBL attaches great importance to well functioning, competitive markets and creating the most optimal business environment for supermarkets. CBL pushes a strong sustainability and consumer health agenda. In cooperation with supply chain partners, governments and NGOs, we execute many projects aimed at making the supply chain more sustainable.

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Detailhandel Nederland (the Dutch Retail Association)


Detailhandel Nederland represents the collective social and economic interests of Dutch retailers. The goal is to create the perfect environment for retailers to do business in. Through cooperation in Detailhandel Nederland, the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the retail chains can speak with one voice. This strengthens the interest representation of retailers among the Dutch and European authorities. 

Retail in the Netherlands 
Detailhandel Nederland represents 100,000 retailers with 700,000 employees. In the entire European Union, almost 31 million people are employed in the retail.


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Contact us


For information on the event:


Phone: +44 2920 783 027

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