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Digital Europe – Digital Product Passport: sustainable and circular systems – 2021

The Digital Europe 2021-2027 programme aims to support and accelerate the digital transformation of the European economy, industry and society, to bring its benefits to citizens, public administrations and businesses across the Union, and to improve the competitiveness of Europe in the global digital economy while contributing to bridging the digital divide across the Union and reinforcing the Union’s strategic autonomy, through holistic, cross-sectoral and cross-border support and a stronger Union contribution.

2 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries

Countries associated to the Digital Europe Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature are equally eligible for the grant.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To prepare the ground for a gradual piloting as of 2023 of a digital product passport (DPP) in minimum 3 key value chains:
    • electronics and ICT (at least consumer electronics);
    • batteries as defined in and included in the scope in the proposal for a Regulation on batteries;
    • at least another one of the key value chains identified in CEAP such as textiles (garments and apparel), packaging (particularly plastic), furniture, construction and buildings.
  • To support sustainable products and production, to enable the transition to circular economy, boosting material and energy efficiency, extending product lifetimes and optimizing product use;
  • To provide new business opportunities to economic actors through circular value retention and extraction (for example repair, servicing, remanufacturing, recycling, extended producer responsibility and product-as-a-service activities) based on improved access to data;
  • To support consumers in making sustainable choices;
  • To allow authorities to verify compliance with legal obligations.


  • Priority 1: The data space reference architecture, building blocks and common toolboxes to be used;
  • Priority 2: The common standards, including semantic standards and interoperability protocols, both domain-specific and cross-cutting;
  • Priority 3: The data governance models, business models and strategies for running data spaces.

Among financed actions

  • Delivery of at least 3 digital product passport prototypes, one in each of the 3 key value chains mentioned above, including agreements on:
    • Agreed key data for circularity and their classification according to potential importance in delivering benefits for circularity and sustainability, along with recommendations for dealing with potential disagreements over access;
    • Data and system architectures, including an analysis of any risks;
    • Open European or global standards and relevant classifications and nomenclatures, based on a commonly applicable framework concept.
  • For each of the key value chains considered, the deliverables should include a roadmap with milestones for piloting of the developed DPP prototypes as of 2023, as well as a gradual deployment of DPP as of 2026, based on analysis of existing and upcoming legislation, existing European and global standards, past and ongoing activities and initiatives related to DPP in these sectors. The business model to ensure the deployment and continuity of use has to be also addressed.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: 18 months.


  • Be a legal entity (public or private);
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries.
  • Total amount of the call: 37 million euro
  • Total amount for this call: 2 million euro
  • Indicative budget per project: 2 million euro
  • Co-funding rate: up to 100% of the total eligible costs

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