Background: The European Union governance for sustainability is presented within a Horizon 2020 project called “Science with and for Society (SwafS)”which is built around five strategic orientations. SwafS projects are expected to support a lot of UN Sustainable Development Goals. In order to help the European Union countries in improving their R&D systems, the European Commission's Directorate for R&D established an appropriate mechanism for the Horizon 2020 program policies, designed to increase the level of participation in projects, improving implementation and evaluation of research and development policies (UEFISCDI, Specific Support to Romania, 2017). The main purpose of this paper was focused to apply a multicriterial method to analyze the contribution of EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation policies to the Circular Economy components, according with European Union policy and regulations.
Results: Using a multi-criteria method we were calculating the “Aggregation coefficient” AcHP (Acj) and the Circular Economy Performance Index PICE which represent the complex contributions of Horizon 2020 projects’ parts on circular economy components.
Conclusion: The novelty of this study lies in our proposal that the Performance Index of the circular economy PIce to be used as a standard of the European Commission when is evaluating the efficiency of the participation of EU and non-EU states in accessing European Funds. This is an interdisciplinary research on the relevance of policies and regulations on circular economy issues, using EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation as a model and also the interactions among these issues