Strategies and policies

Circular Economy Package

The Circular Economy Package consists of an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy that establishes a concrete and ambitious programme of action, with measures covering the whole cycle: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials.

Within the partnership of the Urban Agenda for the EU on circular economy, cities, EU countries and the European Commission seek to identify innovative solutions to stimulate the re-use, repair, refurbishment and recycling of existing materials and products.

Funding opportunities and advice

Programmes and funding opportunities

European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

European Investment Project Portal

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)

For more information and other funding opportunities, please visit our dedicated funding page.

Advice and technical assistance


Urbis is a new dedicated urban investment advisory platform within the European Investment Advisory Hub. It is set up to provide advisory support to urban authorities to facilitate, accelerate and unlock urban investment projects, programmes and platforms.

Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (JASPERS) 

JASPERS is the 'Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions', free of charge for local authorities and promotors, which advices cities and regions on strategic planning in a wide range of sectors. It supports the preparation of projects in areas benefiting from EU funds so they meet all the necessary standards.


fi-Compass is a platform for advisory services on financial instruments and is designed to support European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) managing authorities, Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) microfinance providers and other interested parties, by providing practical know-how and learning tools on financial instruments.


Beginner's Guide to EU Funding

Accessing regional-policy funds


European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform


European Green Capital Award (EGCA)

European Green Leaf (EGL)

European Capital of Innovation

EU legislation

The European Commission's Circular Economy Package includes revised legislative proposals on waste to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy which will boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.

The proposed actions will contribute to "closing the loop" of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, and bring benefits for both the environment and the economy. 

Here are the key legislative documents relating to the implementation of the Circular Economy:

Directive 2008/98/EC on waste and repealing certain Directives

Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators

Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment 

Directive 2001/81/EC on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants

Proposals to review the Waste Directives as part of the Circular Economy Package