“Enhancing the Entrepreneurship of SMEs in Circular Economy of the Agri-Food Chain”

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 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 regulatory framework and good practices at regional and EU level will be reflected on the Agri-Food circular economy e-Book on the project website.

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.


  • Development Agency of Eastern Thessaloniki’s Local Authorities (GR) – Lead Partner
  • Region of Central Macedonia (GR)
  • Metropolitan City of Bologna (IT)
  • University of Bologna (IT)
  • Hajdu-Bihar County Council (HU)
  • Donegal County Council (IE)
  • Wielkopolska Region with the seat of the Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region in Poznan (PL)
  • South Muntenia Regional Development Agency (RO)
  • Devnya Municipality (BG)

Project Budget: 1.519.940 €

ANATOLIKI’s Budget: 258.140 €

Start: 1/8/2019, End : 30/7/2023