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The CENSE Project

​Europe for Citizens Programme 2014-2020

Strand 2. Democratic engagement and civic participation - Measure "Networks of Towns"

“CENSE - Circular Economy from North to South Europe 2020: new pathways of citizenship decision processes”, is financed by EUROPE FOR CITIZENS PROGRAM 2014-2020 Strand 2 - Democratic engagement and civic participation – Measure “Networks of Towns, to promote cooperation among European cities on different key issues of European Union;  

CENSE project’s aim is the establishment of a network of “Towns in transition towards a Circular Economy” addressing the challenges related to their own model of growth, oriented on an environmental sustainability and stressing the reuse concept, as a common European vision of future development. The events foreseen are designed to present to local citizens’ communities all the opportunities the European Union offers for sustainable growth and development. Special attention is given to intergenerational exchange during the events involving young people and schools. The events are organized in thematic working groups (WG meetings) that will be implemented through the so called “sharing labs”, each one dealing with themes linked to Circular economy: Waste prevention, Reuse and green jobs, environmental management, Energy efficiency, Socioeconomic development and including a study visit to show partner best practices already adopted or planned. WG meetings are meant to show to the public the experiences and good practices of partners and to share their Local Action Plan for growth and development to local citizens and stakeholders. The local forums are the preliminary steps for the implementation of WG meetings and are addressed to the involvement of stakeholders and the target groups of citizens representing civil society. Furthermore these will promote the public consultation in order to outline and enrich the Collection of Abstracts for a circular economy. Each WG meeting aims to integrate related issues and concrete good practices and strategies into the behaviors of citizens and inside the development strategies of the decision-making process.

The project begun in March 2015, reference contract n. 558774, between the Lead Partner, LCA Malta and EACEA (The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency). 

SVI.MED, partner of the project is publishing an on-line IDEAS COMPETITION to encourage citizens to contribute with their ideas on how to implement circular economy actions in their cities, quarters, homes, schools. The best idea, evaluated by the partner of the project through a minute, is awarded with a trip for one person, to visit the partner city during the last international event in Romania and to present its idea to the final conference. 

The project promotes local actors involvement to offer them the possibility to understand the importance of their role in the decision process at EU level, as a right for citizens to give directions to decision policies, having a direct impact in the lives of everyone.

Relevant Docu​ments:


1 - Malta
4 - Netherlands