EuRIC chief Katrakis to exit after 10 years leading the key body

Emmanuel Katrakis, Secretary General, EuRIC

Emmanuel Katrakis is to leave the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) after a decade at the helm.

The law graduate, who has been secretary-general at the pan-continent umbrella body since its launch in 2014, will pursue other opportunities from March.


He will be replaced by EuRIC policy director Julia Blees following a handover period that is already underway.

Katrakis said: “Leading EuRIC for the past 10 years has been an incredible journey. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together.

“We have more than doubled the number of resource streams we represent, quadrupled in members, and welcomed a new team member every year.

“As I transition to new opportunities, I am confident that Julia Blees, with the support of EuRIC’s Board, members and team, will thrive in her new duties and successfully spearhead the efforts towards the circular future our industry strives for.”

Blees added: “EuRIC has been the voice of the recycling industry in Brussels for the past 10 years.

“After five years of contributing to this journey and actively engaging with stakeholders, I am excited to lead the efforts as of April and continue to weave new opportunities for EuRIC and the recycling industry.”

The body has 75 members from 23 countries and represents more than 5,500 companies involved in the recycling and trade of recovered waste.