On June 11-13 2024 Rijkswaterstaat, the Lead Partner of the Circular Minds Interreg Europe project organised the project opening event in Utrecht. South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency together with its external supporting partner, the Central Danube Development Agency took part on the 2,5 days event.

The baseline project idea is that the reason why circular procurements are not that widespread as those could be lays in the fact that organisations applying that do not change their mindset. This change refers to individuals making up the organisation and is also relevant to the culture of the concerned organisation.
Beyond getting to know each other (the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Resources leads the project partnership that consists of Belgian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Hungarian (South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency), Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish partners) the main issues tackled were as follows:
  • motivation and its different levels for circular procurement minded shift,
  • overview of awareness and capacity focused capabilities for the change,
  • opportunities that increase the chances of a positive mindshift, such as procurement processes and organisational infrastructure.

During the Kick-off Event partners also:

  • reviewed the current practices of circular public procurement in the Member States,
  • attended a team-building training session for understanding the Circular Minds consortium,
  • visited an entrepreneurial center initiated by the city of Utrecht that offers circular products and services.


The Circular Minds project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Hungary within the Interreg Europe Program.