Circular Economy and Quality of Life


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name


Programme Description

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. After 22 years, €3.4 billion and 4.170 projects, the LIFE Programme continues to finance actions for the environment and climate action. For the 2021-2027 the total budget of the LIFE Programme is €5.4 billion.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Circular Economy and Quality of Life


The proposed project under the topic LIFE 2021-PREP-Environment shall aim to address the following specific need identified by the Member States in the subprogramme Circular Economy and Quality of LIFE.

Detailed Call Description

The project should provide better understanding and knowledge of the current export of used textile/textile waste from the EU, as well as to provide suggestions/recommendations on how to improve the transparency and sustainability of such trade flows. Some recycling technologies already exist but these are currently not developed in a scale sufficient to deal with the large amounts and variety of textiles waste expected. A stronger collaboration and interaction between actors involved in collection, sorting and recycling will be critical at local level (hubs). Moreover, coordination activities at EU level would provide further support in order to streamline capacity building and ensure effective complementarity of specialised competences in recycling.

The project should look at two aspects: exports and recycling
Exports: The project should develop technical criteria to better distinguish textile waste from non-waste used textiles. At the stage of discarding textiles by their holder in order to facilitate a separate collection system that ensures as a priority separate collection for re-use and repurposing and secondly separate collection for preparation for re-use and recycling. At the stage of sorting of collected textiles waste to facilitate re-use and repurposing; At the stage of shipments, including exports of textiles.

Recycling: The pilot project should aim to facilitate the development and consolidation of separate collection and recycling capacities for a wide range of textile waste and the establishment of coordination framework in order to ensure crossborder synergies between textile recycling centres and benefit several Member States.
The pilot project should aim at  (a) running tests of technical feasibility of specific recycling technologies,
(b) testing feasibility of organizational structures (business interactions between textile collectors, recyclers and users/marketers of recycled content fibres).

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


Thematic Categories

  • Environment and Climate Change

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • International Organisations
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
    • non-EU countries:
      • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)
  • the coordinator must be established in an EU Member State
  • other eligibility conditions for project Fostering the network of LIFE National Contact Points: only NCPs from EU Member States and Associated Countries are eligible to participate in and receive funding for this action.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Department of Environment
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment

Contact Persons 
Marilena Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Environment
Contact Phone: +357 22 408 926

Chrystalla Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Climate
Contact Phone: +357 22 408 962

(Publish Date: 17/12/2021-for internal use only)