SinCE-AFC

Enchancing the Entrepreneurship of SMEs in Circular Economy of the Agri-Food Chain

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Abstract

Circular economy is a new approach of economic development models. It provides the potential to use one’s waste as resource input to others productive chain thus offering a longer life cycle of the products and a more environmentally friendly business approach. This regenerative system is of high priority in the EU. SinCE-AFC is being developed along with the on-going EU action plan for Circular Economy and the respective National Circular Economy Action Plans across the EU countries. Although the principles of circular economy are already applied by many large industries, SMEs, which represent the 99% of the businesses sector, still remain uninvolved due to lack of motivation and support. Thus, the regional SMEs policies improvement towards a more regenerative economy is of high importance. SinCE-AFC aims at involving SMEs of the Agri-Food chain in circular economy through the promotion of the appropriate managing and financial horizontal mechanisms. All the Agri-Food agents committed to production, processing, packaging, distribution and final consumption are expected to operate in a coordinated way to better adapt to circular economy. This objective will be achieved via the intense collaboration and interregional exchange of experience of 9 partners representing 7 Regions from 7 EU countries. The partnership’s tasks will focus on the investigation of efficient practices, via interregional thematic learning events, study visits, import workshops, stakeholders’ meetings and consultation processes, of how the relevant policy instruments can be improved in order to assist SMEs to enter circular economy. The core results will be depicted in a joint study reflecting the related regulatory framework and good practices at regional and EU level. The project will promote innovation, derive knowledge and develop close collaboration with the Interreg Europe Learning Platform as well as with the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform and the RIS3 Platform Group.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Roberta Paltrinieri

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento delle Arti

Coordinator:
ANAPTIKSIAKI ANONYMI ETERIA O.T.A ANATOLIKIS THESSALONIKIS - KENTRO ANAPTIKSIS ANTHROPINOU DINAMIKOU KAI ENISCHISIS TIS TOPIKIS OIKONOMIAS (Development Agency of Eastern Thessaloniki's Local Authorities)(Greece)

Other Participants:
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Città Metropolitana di Bologna (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: EUR 1.291.949,00
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/08/2019
End Date: 31/07/2023

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Decent work and economic growth This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.