Circular economy hubs in peripheral urban centres in Central Europe

Urban centres of peripheral regions of Central Europe are lagging behind central areas in the field of innovation and business development. It is due to the lack of access to global innovation processes and partners and lack of utilization of local innovation potentials. In EU, circular economy (CE) was acknowledged as a development concept that should provide sustainable, resource efficient development on one hand, and a great pool for innovation of new technologies, services, solutions and business models (EU Action Plan “Closing the loop”) on the other. The biggest challenge is on cities, where big majority of resources are consumed (water, materials, energy, food etc.) and most emissions are produced (waste, air pollution, waste energy, waste water etc.).

Project Specific objectives

  • Utilizing innovation potential of circular economy in cities by establishing the organizational framework for circular economy in cities - circular economy quadruple-helix hubs,
  • Enabling and facilitating circular economy innovation processes in cities by raising knowledge and providing tools,
  • Scaling-up the innovation and business potentials of circular economy hubs through joint framework for RIS3 CE implementation to facilitate the set-up transnational value chains (CE circles).


Project nameCITYCIRCLE - Circular economy hubs in peripheral urban centres in Central Europe
ProgrammeInterreg Central Europe
TopicInnovation, Smart Cities, Circular Eoconomy
Project index numberCE1515
Project duration01.04.2019 – 31.03.2022
Project budget2.001.705,00 EUR
ERDF funding1.656.607,75 EUR


Technical University of Košice – SK
European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Via Carpatia with Limited Liability – SK
Development agency North Ltd  - CRO
City Municipality of Varaždin – CRO
Energy Management Agency of Friuli Venezia Giulia – IT
Central Friuli Territorial Union – (municipality of Udine) – IT
Mestna občina Kranj – SI
E-institute, Institute for comprehensive development solutions – SI
Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences – AT
Bwcon – DE



Prof. (FH) Dr.-Ing. Jens Schumacher
Head of Research Center Business Informatics, Lecturer

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Dr. Florian Maurer M.A.
Research Assistant

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