The EC Communication “Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy” describes Innovation deals as «a pilot approach to help innovators facing regulatory obstacles (e.g. ambiguous legal provisions), by setting up agreements with stakeholders and public authorities».
Innovation Deals take the form of voluntary cooperation between the EU, innovators, and national, regional and local authorities. T
This cooperation aims at an in-depth understanding and clarification of how an EU rule or regulation applies. If a rule or regulation is confirmed as an obstacle to innovations that could bring wider societal benefits, the Deal will make it visible and feed into possible further action.
The European Commission will not fund the preparation or implementation of Innovation Deals.
The call for Expressions of Interest focused on Innovation Deals for a Circular Economy has just been published and applicants can submit their interest via an online platform until 15 September 2016.
Applicants will be asked to outline their innovations and identify where they think EU regulatory frameworks are causing a blockage in getting their Circular Economy innovation to market.
The chosen innovations will:
- be effective in achieving EU policy objectives in the area of the Circular Economy (e.g. innovative ways to achieve waste recycling targets);
- currently have limited or no market access;
- be genuinely new innovations.
Up to five Expressions of Interest will be selected and will become Innovation Deals.
For more information and submit your innovation deal, go to https://ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-deals/index.cfm