Interreg Danube Transnational Programme MOVECO

Despite the fact that many countries, including those with the developing economy, currently made progress in environment protection measure establishment, the global model of linear economy (“produce-use-dispose”) is still hazardous and unsustainable. Therefore, the topic of circular economy is becoming more and more popular. Circular economy is founded on an opinion that the open production systems – in which the resources are obtained, used for production and the product becomes waste after its usage – should be replaced by systems re-using resources and saving energy.

Although the transition to circular economy is related to multiple positive impacts, this transition itself comes with a number of challenges in terms of e. g. limited possibilities of contemporary technology for obtaining valuable materials from waste and material recycling; changes in properties of the re-cycled materials; development and production of longer material durability; or quality improvement of waste economy.

The project MOVECO, realized within the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, responds to these challenges and sets its objective to improve the framework conditions and policy tools focused on eco-innovation and thus to contribute to Danube region countries’ transition to a circular economy. At the same time, the cooperation of project partners from 7 partner countries contributes to the development of the whole region and to elimination of changes between individual countries.

The project activities include the analysis of one of the main instruments for support of eco-innovations, which is the schemes of extended producer responsibility and mapping of the scientific and research potential of the countries in Danube region. The results of analysis and mapping will serve as data input for strategy designing aimed at the support of transition of Danube region countries to circular economy and action plans prepared for particular groups of countries according to their innovation efficiency.

The partners will also work on the design of package of specific tool types aimed at support of eco-innovation and eco-design. They intend to contribute to the development of new business models and to enhancement of the cooperation between companies and research and development institutes throughout the whole value chain.
For further information on the MOVECO project and Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, see the official project site ( and official programme site (

The MOVECO project is realized within the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union funds: European Regional Development Fund and Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II.