Establishing Legal and Technical Frameworks for the TRICK Platform Towards a Circular Economy

The services, functionalities, and ecosystem to be developed through a digital platform must be structured according to legal specifications while being aware of technical barriers.

To that end, this brief provides the reader with a collection of the guidance material needed to address the Legal Framework and guidelines, including anonymization, confidentiality, authentication, and authorization aspects, to enable the exploitation of the “Linear to Circular Roadmap”.

One essential objective of the policy brief Establishing legal and technical frameworks for the TRICK platform toward a circular economy is to provide the reader with an exhaustive overview of how different literature frameworks, can drive and limit the usage of the platform functionalities, have been collected and merged. Adequate awareness of the relevant existing legal and technical domains of influence is achieved via a large state-of-the-art analysis. 

The analysis covers three main touching points:

- Documents and directives with legal value and non-legally binding documents produced by a governmental organization as well as highly influencing associations.

- Policy issues.

- Relevant projects and pilot activities for benchmarking and best practices inspiration

The strategy of the analysis is to link the legal and technical frameworks of relevance with the specific TRICK enablers that must address these legal and technical aspects. For the other types of enablers, they fall under either a support layer or a technical layer. In particular, the support layer includes traceability and data collection aspects, while the technical layer specifies the requirements of the TRICK platform, B2B Marketplace, and blockchain and interoperability connectors. 

Mapping of the barriers within the regulatory framework reveals the need for a policy framework that empowers public bodies, industrial partners, and consumers to overcome information asymmetry and create an ecosystem for responsible business conduct. Promoting transparency and traceability is recognized as an enabler to ensuring the sustainability of the TRICK platform. Policy actions can indeed support their implementation by addressing the key stakeholders and establishing harmonized policies that cover:

- The introduction of standardized methods to measure the minimum accepted level of traceability;

- And verification of sustainability claims from industrial partners;

- Then promote public procurement from verified socially and environmentally responsible businesses;

- Finally, support the public and industry by promoting research and development as well as providing structured educational materials.

Figure 1- Scope of the Work and Policy Brief Positioning

Image Credits: POLIMI

The complete version of the policy brief can be downloaded and read on the project’s official website in the ‘Project Document’ Section under ‘Papers’ here.


  • Luca Gentilini (Email)
  • Abdelrahman Hesham (Email