Moving forward with circularity in textile and fashion value chains


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Project Title: Moving forward with circularity in textile and fashion value chains

Acronym: TEX-DAN

Grant Agreement No: DRP0200164 

Duration: 30 months

Project Budget: 2,716,892.32 eur

NARA-SK Budget: 217,982.20 eur

TEX-DAN project is co-financed by the European Union under the Interreg Danube Regional Programme.


Regional Innovation Agency of Southern Transdanubia – Hungary

JAIP – South Bohemian Agency for Innovation Support – Czech Republic

National Recycling Agency of Slovakia – Slovakia

Center of Excellence for Circular Economy and Climate Change – Serbia

Institute for Sustainable Development – Slovenia

Reginnova NE Association – Romania

Development Agency of the Republic of Srpska – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovation and Investments - Croatia

Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations – Bulgaria

University of Applied Sciences GmbH – Austria

BSC, Business Support Center L. T. D., Kranj – Slovenia

IFKA Nonprofit Public Benefit Association – Hungary

Technical University of Moldova - Moldova

Blue Planet Climate Protection Foundation – Hungary

Associated Partners:

Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg - Austria

Hrvatska udruga poslodavaca: HUP - Croatia

Sveučilište u Zagrebu Tekstilno- tehnološki fakultet - Croatia

Agentia pentru Dezvoltare Regionala Nord-Est – Romania

TCBL Association - Romania

Ministarstvo privrede I preduzetništva Republike Srpske

Regional industrial innovation cluster Rimavská kotlina REPRIK - Slovakia

About the Project

The Danube Region is characterised by large differences in the use of circular solutions in the textile and fashion value chains. For example, with regard to handling of textile Germany, Austria and Czech Republic are frontrunners, whereas other countries have a lot to do to catch them up. In many aspects – including circularity – textile and fashion sectors lag behind other sectors.

Furthermore, there is a low awareness of circular solutions throughout the Danube region. Therefore, the TEX-DAN partnership agrees that there is a need for improvement in knowledge, approaches, awareness of innovative technologies, support measures, and policy changes leading to successful integration of circularity in the textile industry. Awareness-raising activities, stakeholder engagement, and education are required.

Project Objective

To adopt technologies in small and medium-sized enterprises to enhance circularity in the textile and fashion industry.

The TEX-DAN project aims to improve local, regional, and national policies promoting circularity. The project aims to stimulate transnational cooperation and knowledge exchange and establish various sustainable forms of transnational cooperation. TEX-DAN demonstrates comprehensive partnership with 14 project partners and 7 strategically affiliated partners. The geographical coverage is broad, including 11 countries from the Danube region and one international association. The partnership (strategically affiliated partners) consists of one regional innovation agency, 6 regional/national development agencies/public bodies, one foundation, 3 higher education institutes, 5 business support organizations, 4 interest groups/NGOs, and one international association. All partners significantly contribute to TEX-DAN's objectives.

The TEX-DAN project aims to improve circularity in the value chain of the textile and fashion industry through transnational cooperation in the Danube region. The main focus is on four areas:

  • Bioeconomic clothing
  • Circular design
  • Circular production processes
  • Recycling

An important part of the project is the transfer of knowledge to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which is made possible by the development of awareness-raising measures, training concepts and best practice solutions from Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Local, regional and national political decision-makers receive recommendations for the further development of legal framework conditions.

Specific objectives:

  • Improvement of the local, regional and national political framework conditions in the textile and fashion industry in the Danube region
  • Improving the acceptance of technologies used in the value chain of the textile and fashion industry
  • Establishment of transnational cooperation for the introduction of technologies that enable an increase in circularity

Target Groups:

All levels of authorities


Business support organizations

Enterprise, except SME

General public

Sectoral agency