Pop-Machina H2020 D2.4 identified the legal, tax and governance framework conditions that, when favourable, provide fertile ground for circular makers to become grassroots communities. Main aim was to align the makers vision for knowledge sharing through online platforms with applicable or forthcoming European and national regulations on digital collaboration. The circular urban regeneration was approached, based on research and assessment of waste management policies in Europe, Belgium, Greece, Lithuania, Spain and Turkey. Further, socio-economic parameters were explored regarding urban upcycling ecosystems. Moreover, a qualitative analysis addressed the infrastructural, business, labour, safety and other market conditions that enable the growth of circular making chains. With the aid of shared makerspaces and blockchain platforms, new business models could flourish, if upcycling and open innovation are fairly and horizontally governed at EU level. The urban growth depends on regulated operational and tax incentives facilitating circularity and replicability of makerspaces (repair cafes and living labs with online city portals). Thus, regarding general drivers and barriers of circular collaborative production, D2.4 serves as an informative toolbox and roadmap during workshops and policy discussion beyond this project (as multiplier of the pilot cities’ applied experience).
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