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Call for expression of interest for regional authorities

Boosting the circular economy amongst SMEs in Europe

The European Commission invites regional authorities in the European Union to put themselves forward if they are interested in receiving policy advice in the form of tailored policy briefs from: KPMG, Ecofys, CSR Netherlands and Circle Economy regarding resource efficiency, eco-innovation and circular economy uptake by SMEs. The policy briefs are expected to be delivered to your organisation in Q1 2018.

The offer:

Policy advice in the form of policy briefs including:

  • regional policy recommendations,
  • detailed action plans and roadmaps aimed at targeting SMEs to adopt resource efficiency, eco-innovation and/or circular economy strategies and practices.

Your benefits:

  • Tailored advice specific to your region
  • Improved policies on circular economy, resource efficiency and eco-innovation can lead to increased regional employment and possibilities for future economic growth
  • SMEs in your region can benefit from e.g. cost reductions, new/increased revenue streams and improved environmental performance

What is expected from you if you participate:

  • Cooperation and sharing of relevant information to make the policy brief as specific to your region as possible
  • Plans to implement policies to support SMEs on this issue


Application form:

Application form for regional authorities which are interested in receiving policy advice

Closing date for submission: 18th of September 2017. The European Commission will then select the most suitable applicants.

The project will aim to specifically target regions in which:

  • the potential environmental benefits are high (with a high environmental footprint in terms of GHG emissions and municipal waste per capita);
  • the concentration of SMEs is relatively high;
  • and in which sectors related to the priority areas which are identified in the EU action plan on Circular Economy are relatively important for the regional economy (in terms of employment as a share of the total employment in the non-financial business economy).

If you have any further question please write to

The project also offers support to circular solution providers and capacity building for SME support organisations:

Call for expression of interest for circular solution providers

Call for expression of interest for SME support organisations



The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in a more sustainable way. With this plan to make Europe’s economy cleaner and more competitive, the Commission is delivering ambitious measures to cut resource use, reduce waste and boost sustainable production and consumption.

Since adopting the Circular Economy Package the Commission has observed an increased uptake by corporations to adopt resource efficiency, eco-innovation and/or circular economy strategies and practices.

The Commission observes that SMEs are experiencing more difficulties in adopting such strategies and practices, due to:

  • their more limited organisational, technological and financial capacity;
  • and less access to (pre-) financing for circular solutions.

With this project the Commission aims to bring assets (e.g. knowledge, networks and tools) via the right support infrastructure, organisations and associations to SMEs so that these enterprises can start to benefit from the advantages of the circular economy, including cost reductions, new/increased revenue streams and improved environmental performance.


Frequently asked questions:

What type of advice will I receive?

The policy advice for regional authorities will be based on a visit of our team to the region, a literature review and a review of data and documentation which we will request from the region. In advance and following the study visit we will organize a series of conference calls between our team and the regional authority.

When you apply through the European Commission webpage, you will have the opportunity to indicate your specific demands.

Which type of authorities can take part?

The call is focused on regional authorities, preferably based on European Commission NUTS-2 classification. However, since regional authorities can be organized on a different level than the NUTS-2 classification also regional authorities at other levels of classification can apply. Municipalities can also apply.

Can regional authorties from non-EU member states also apply for this project?

Unfortunately regional authorities from non-EU member states are not eligible for this project.