SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION was founded as non-profit organization with the decision 348
of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.

New H2020 SDA Project Launch

Sofia Development Association starts working on a new H2020 project – CICERONE. The project brings together programme owners, research organizations and other stakeholders to create a platform for efficient circular economy programming. The partnership reflects diversity of regional situations. It unites 24 partners from 13 EU member states, Switzerland and Taiwan, lead by EIT Climate – KIC.

An initial benchmarking exercise will be carried out for a deeper understanding of the state of the art, mapping stakeholders, existing RDI priorities as well as funding and legal mechanisms. A prioritisation methodology will be developed to support an analysis of the current performance: synergies, gaps and duplications will be characterised, and pathways for improvements will be formulated. Identified best practices will drive the definition of policy recommendations. A Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda will be built and a policy toolkit will be developed to promote the priorities and foster adoption by policy-makers. The project will also set the grounds for a future platform, defining its strategic role in the existing landscape, its governance and possible legal frameworks, as well as creating a financially sustainable model.

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