Introduction to the Project

The new European Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI) is part of the new European Circular Economy Action Plan adopted in March 2020 and aims to support Europe’s green transition by boosting circularity at local and regional level. In order to build capacity and drive economic growth, it works to increase collaboration and knowledge sharing between EU cities and regions. The CCRI also aims to boost innovation and upscaling, which are essential for making the circular economy more widespread and mainstream. The CCRI will share replicable best practices to help cities and regions find concrete Circular Systemic Solutions that suit their own needs.  The CCRI-Coordination and Support Office (CCRI-CSO) is an international multi-disciplinary teams of circular economy experts and is at the core of the CCRI activities. They will implement the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative offering support to the cities, regions and territorial clusters that will be selected as Pilots and Fellows.  


Project Objectives

The CCRI Coordination and Support Office provides technical and comprehensive support over the whole life cycle of urban and regional circular economy initiatives and launched a call for expression of interest for pilot and fellow cities and regions, open from 21st March 2022 until 29th April 2022. The call aims to select a group of ten Pilot cities and regions which will benefit from four years of knowledge-sharing with technical support to speed up their circular policy implementation.  Furthermore 20 Fellow cities and regions can liaise to the Pilot group to engage in this multistakeholder learning process, liaising them with industry representatives, research and technology organisations and civil society stakeholders across Europe’s. Cities and regions are eligible, as well as so called territorial clusters, a socioeconomic, geographical and environmental system composed of all relevant actors and at least one public authority, with the capacity to implement, demonstrate and facilitate the replication of at least one Circular Systemic Solution in a specific territory. CCRI is aiming for the highest ambition and best ideas to capitalise cross sectorial cooperation and innovation and the biggest potential for transferability of these Circular Systemic Solutions to other cities, regions and territorial clusters.

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ERRIN's Role

ERRIN assumes the Community Management’s role to set up multistakeholder dialogues during this four-year project reaching out to cities and regions maximising their growth in circular economy implementation.

ERRIN is one of ten contracting partners in the European Circular Cities and Regions Initiative Coordination and Support Office and also manages the CCRI-Helpdesk.

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Benefit & Links

Making circularity work for people, cities and regions, is one of the key ambitions of the New European Circular Economy Action Plan. With the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative, the European Commission provides an instrument for accelerating the transition to a circular economy on local and regional scale by providing key assistance to cities and regions. The Circular Cities and Regions Initiative complements the proposed European Urban Initiative and the Intelligent Cities Challenge Initiative. There will also be synergies with other policy frameworks, such as the Green Deal and the European Bioeconomy Strategy. Circular economy will also be among the priority areas of the Green City Accord.

The CCRI is the ideal steppingstone for cities and regions to gain first-hand information about funding opportunities and build their network to participate in the wider CCRI ecosystem, which also includes funding. These funding opportunities include €200 million for circular economy demonstration projects focusing on experimentation and at least €40 million for project development assistance with investment proposals applying for project development grants from Horizon Europe and Circular Economy Technical Assistance Facility grants from the European Investment Bank. While the demonstration grants are for experimental projects, the project development assistance targets mature initiatives at the beginning of their investment phase, speeding up the full-scale roll-out of these circular activities

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Deadline extension: CCRI call for Pilots & Fellows

The deadline to join the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI) as a Pilot or Fellow has been extended to 13 May 2022. 

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Open call: European Circular Cities and Regions Initiative

Apply before 29 April 2022 to become a European frontrunning circular city or region! ERRIN is a partner in a new initiative of the European Commission, which offers first-hand tailor-made expert support to implement circular systemic solutions on local and regional scale.

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CCRI information session: Call for Pilots and Fellows

On 20 April 2022 the Coordination and Support Office of the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI), managed by ERRIN, is organising a webinar on the call for expression of interest for Pilots and Fellows of the Circular Cities & Regions Initiative. During this informative session, you will receive information on the scope of the CCRI as well as on the open call for Pilots and Fellows.