EU circular economy policies are designed to accelerate progress towards sustainable resource use and circular economic practices globally.

It is crucial that any risks that the policies will deliver adverse impacts abroad are identified so they can be mitigated, and potential fears can be addressed appropriately.

Additionally, assessing potential opportunities will allow for positive impacts to be maximised and for the EU’s role as policymaker to be strengthened on the global stage. Building trust rather than creating opposition is essential in order to secure the support of third countries that may be affected by such policies.

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