Public procurement accounts for a large proportion of European consumption (nearly 20% of EU GDP). In circular economy, the value of products, materials and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and the generation of waste is minimized. Public procurement has a major role to play in the transition towards a circular economy.

It is important and efficient to make the right choices early on in the product creation process, so that materials and components are suitable, at end-of-life, for repair or refurbishment and re-use, thus helping to close the materials loop. When circular economy principles and criteria are embedded into the procurement of products and/or services, and products will be further processed after use (repairable, reusable, modifiable, separable components and materials), they are called circular procurements.

The CircPro project aims to promote the transition to a more Circular Economy related national and regional decision making by increasing the implementation of the Circular Procurement.

The main existing barriers regarding implementation of the circular procurement are:

  • general lack of knowledge and expertise
  • procedural and legal barriers
  • procurers´ preconceptions about using products which are made of recycled materials, as well as lack of them


12 partners from 10 EU regions and Norway will tackle these challenges by:

  • identifying pilots and initiatives, main actors, organisations and networks that could promote the implementation of circular procurements
  • identifying main legal and procedural challenges
  • providing a meeting place and enhancing a dialogue between procurers and suppliers (both groups are represented in the partnership and stakeholder groups)


  • Kouvola Innovation (lead partner, Finland)
  • Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning Regional Government of Andalusia (Spain)
  • Piemonte Region (Italy)
  • University of Turin (Italy)
  • Region of East Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
  • Alentejo Coordination and Regional Development Commission (Portugal)
  • Bulgarian Association of Recycling (Bulgaria)
  • Development Agency IGRA (Croatia)
  • Lithuanian Innovation Centre (Lithuania)
  • Municipality of Elverum (Norway)
  • Government of Ă…land (Finland)
  • SEI Tallinn (Estonia)


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