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Leading the circular economy transition in Europe’s cities and regions

In April 2022, the Circular Cities and Region Initiative (CCRI) launched a call for expression of interest for European cities, regions and territorial clusters to become CCRI Pilots and Fellows

These stakeholders will work closely with the CCRI-CSO and each other to lead Europe’s circular economy transition. 

After over 100 applications, we have selected a total of 12 CCRI Pilots and 25 Fellows. As shown in the map below, the selected cities, regions and territorial clusters cover 18 countries, with 13 participants in Western Europe, 11 in Northern Europe, 9 in Southern Europe, and 4 in Eastern & Central Europe: 


You may also download the full list of Pilots and Fellows here.


Role of the Pilots and Fellows


By participating as a Pilot in the CCRI, these stakeholders are showcasing the circular potential of their front-running ecosystems.  

They benefit from: 

  • Tailored guidance: The CCRI Coordination and Support Office (CCRI-CSO) supports the Pilots in developing, implementing and improving Circular Economy Action Plans, Circular Economy Investment Plans and Circular Systemic Solutions. 

  • Monitoring: The CCRI-CSO also provides the Pilots with guidance to improve their capacity to monitor circular projects and, therefore, follow their progress in the transition thanks to the Self-Assessment Tool that will be developed within the CCRI. 

  • Knowledge sharing on financial and technical support. 


The CCRI Fellows, meanwhile, are improving their circular economy starting positions by learning from the CCRI network and twinning with front-runners, peers and knowledge providers. Fellows receive no direct support or technical guidance, but have access to: 

  • Facilitated knowledge-sharing: Access tools and resources to address knowledge or capacity gaps (for example, webinars and training materials). 

  • First-hand information: Gain access to a wealth of relevant information, including stakeholder mapping, repository of key publications and reports, user-friendly thematic news, events and calls. 

  • Enlarged community and collaboration opportunities: They expand their network, exchange knowledge and identify relevant partners. 

  • Increased visibility: They enjoy more visibility for their organisation through the dissemination activities of the CCRI-CSO. 


The Pilots and Fellows are also leading the rapidly growing European community of practice in this area.  

Their experiences and learning processes feed into the CCRI-CSO knowledge base – with this website as a central hub – a shared treasure that will become a reference for supporting the transition processes of cities and regions towards the circular economy.  

In this way, the CCRI, together with Europe’s cities and regions, is leading the way towards a more sustainable, circular future in Europe!