RETRACE Interreg Europe* project, led by the Politecnico di Torino, together with entities and governments from four other European territories - Italy, Spain, France, and Romania - has been funded to carry out additional activities on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This second RETRACE phase (2021-2022) officially started in October and will focus on the impact of the pandemic on regional strategies and policies regarding the circular economy.

The project partners will address specific territorial policies on circular economy, and identify and exchange good practices and successful policy experiences. The activities will focus on 6 Policy Gaps identified in the first stage of the RETRACE project: policy regulations on the circular economy; tailored policies on the circular economy; policies promoting business creation and market development in the circular economy; policies to boost the circular economy in small and medium-sized enterprises; cross-sectoral collaboration; and increase the knowledge of the environment in relation to the circular economy.

The project results will be shared through 2 virtual policy learning events where each region will share and exchange the new challenges and opportunities for the regional circular economy policy scenario after COVID-19.