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September 2022
Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie, Brussels

Vanya Veras
Secretary General at Municipal Waste Europe


Vanya Veras is a multinational, multicultural environmental economist of Greek and English parentage with over 20 years’ experience in waste management legislation, practices and systems. She has been Secretary General of Municipal Waste Europe since early 2012; the association represents municipalities and public responsibility for waste.

In 2017, Vanya moved to Malta to continue working for Municipal Waste Europe and in 2018, decided to bring a pioneering green infrastructure system for hot, arid climates to the Maltese market with her company, VIVACITY Ltd.

In 2007, after eleven years in Brussels working on environmental policy, Vanya joined Coca‐Cola Hellenic in Greece as Environmental Affairs Manager. She then worked for Mayor of Piraeus for two years as special advisor on waste management, leaving this post and Greece for Brussels at the end of 2012.

With the benefit of this combined experience of the waste industry, the producer and the local authority, Vanya Veras helped to guide municipalities and their waste management companies in cooperation with Brussels stakeholders to shape the new legislation which now works towards achieving a circular economy and the ambitious goals of the green deal and the UN sustainability goals.

Agenda Sessions

  • Necessary Costs for the Waste Framework Directive (WFD) and Single Use Plastics (SUP)