CICERONE – CIrCular Economy platfoRm for eurOpeaN priorities strategic agenda

CICERONE brings together programme owners, research organizations and other stakeholders to create a platform for efficient Circular Economy programming. The priority setting and the organization of the future platform will be driven by Programme Owners (POs), involved either as project partners, or via a stakeholder network. Diversity of national / regional situations is reflected in the partnership.

The work will be carried out in close cooperation with research & technology organisations (RTOs), which contribute with their expertise of the main scientific and technological challenges. Consultation mechanisms will also ensure that all stakeholders will be able to actively contribute (civil society, industry, innovative SMEs, startups, cities, investors, networks, etc.).

An initial benchmarking exercise will be carried out for a deeper understanding of the state of the art, mapping stakeholders, existing RDI priorities as well as funding and legal mechanisms. A prioritisation methodology will be developed to support an analysis of the current performance: synergies, gaps and duplications will be characterised, and pathways for improvements will be formulated. Identified best practices will drive the definition of policy recommendations. Once the state of the art has been clearly mapped out, the actual prioritisation work will be carried out. This includes building a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), performing an ex-ante impact assessment of joint programming on circular economy R&I, and developing a policy toolkit to promote the priorities and foster adoption by policy-makers.

The project will also set the grounds for the future PO platform, starting with defining its strategic role in the existing landscape. The next step will be to specify governance and possible legal frameworks, as well as creating a financially sustainable model. It is a key objective that the platform be sustained after the end of the project.

The project is realised by consortium:

EIT CLIMATE-KIC, Spain - Coordinator
ENEA - Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Italy
Sofia Development Association, Bulgaria
Bluenove, France
CEPS - Centre For European Policy Studies, Belgium
CEA - French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France
Conselleria De Medio Ambiente, Territorio E Vivenda - Xunta De Galicia, Spain
EIT RawMaterials, Germany
Jülich Project Management Agency, Germany
GKZ - Geokompetenzzentrum Freiberg Ev, Germany
Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, Poland
Ivl Svenska Miljoeinstitutet Ab, Sweden
Lgi Consulting, France
Ministerie Van Economische Zaken En Klimaat, Netherlands
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
TNO - Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, Netherlands
PNO Consultants Bv, Netherlands
Estonian Research Council, Estonia
VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland
University of Maribor, Slovenia
Unitatea Executiva Pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, A Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii Si Inovarii, Rumunia, Romania
VITO - Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Belgium
World Resources Forum Association, Switzerland
Wuppertal Institut Fur Klima, Umwelt, Energie Ggmbh, Germany


Project duration: November 2018 - October 2020

Total project cost: € 2 027 611,25

Grant agreement ID: 820707


More information is available on the project webpage

Coordinator of Polish activities in IETU – Izabela Ratman-Kłosińska, IETU, email:


This project has received funding under the European Union’s Horizon 2020
(3.5.4. - Enabling the transition towards a green economy and society through eco-innovation)

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