A recovery and resilience plan for Italy will support the green transition

Italy’s Recovery Plan has great ambition for the transition to a circular economy. EUR 1.5 billion is available to reinforce waste management capacity in the cities and another EUR 600 million for the construction of flagship circular economy projects to strengthen and implement strategic industrial supply chains and compensate for the scarcity of raw materials, 65% of which is consumed in the cities.

The Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition has recently published the calls for submitting proposals under the National Recovery Funds and Resilience. The funding is dedicated to circular economy projects to be completed by 30 June 2026.

This initiative aims to develop the circular economy according to the guiding criteria of the European Action Plan. It is designed to boost the Italian ecosystem towards the European recycling targets and contribute up to 50% of the decarbonisation objectives achievement.

EUR 600 million will go to implement circular economy Flagship Projects to strengthen and implement strategic industrial supply chains by compensating for the scarcity of raw materials. Specifically, EUR 150 million will be dedicated to realising investments related to Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) supply chains.

The call documents identify these wastes as a vital source of Critical Raw Materials and steer the projects to contribute to the growth of recycling rate of these resources, in alignment with the European indications.

If you want to know more about these initiatives, or if you want to set up a strategy to tap into these funds, do not hesitate to get in touch with the EIT RawMaterials Innovation Hub South team.

Learn more about the EIT RawMaterials Innovation Hub South and meet the team here.