Circular Economy

CICERONE is building a joint platform for efficient circular economy programming. If our societies are to make the switch to circular practices, all actors need to be involved and actively commit to transitioning a more sustainable economy. This is why CICERONE works in close cooperation with a variety of practitioners including government bodies, research & technology organisations, civil society, industry, innovative SMEs, startups, cities and investors.

Action Plan

Building on the Eco-Innovation Action Plan (2011), the European Commission Action Plan on Circular Economy was launched in December 2015 and includes several initiatives on specific priority themes and cross cutting issues such as instruments, guidelines & regulation and financing programmes.


Since the launch of the European Commission’s package in circular economy, there was an explosion of initiatives dedicated to resource efficiency in all Member States and at European level. Nevertheless, the outcomes of these regional investments are not fully exploited.


The strategic coordination of objectives and programming of regional, national and European funding programmes, managed by a new joint platform, will be a fundamental driver for improving circular economy funding mechanisms – and therefore accelerate the uptake of the Circular Economy Action Plan.

Building the future of circular economy in Europe

We’re committed to setting priorities for the EU’s circular economy agenda, performing an impact assessment of joint programming on circular economy research & innovation projects, and developing a policy toolkit to promote the priorities and foster adoption by policy-makers.

CICERONE is setting the grounds for the future programme owner platform, starting by defining its strategic role in the existing landscape. The next step will be to specify governance and possible legal frameworks, and create a financially sustainable model.