Brussels, 20-21 September 2018
The event, organized by DG Agriculture and Rural Development, took place during 20th and 21st of September and brought together policy makers at national/regional level, scientific experts and representatives of primary production and bio-based industries.
The EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Phil Hogan, opened the workshop by stressing out the huge contribution of BIOECONOMY (BE) to climate change mitigation, circular economy, economic growth and job creation. He also mentioned that BE is an opportunity for farmers and foresters in the European Union, and he recommended them to play an active role in BE value chains, i.e., not only providing the resources. In that sense, the new CAP will be very ambitious in the BE area, and a high budget will be devote for R&D&I through H2020 program.
The purpose of the workshop was, in a first instance, to facilitate the exchange of best practices and experiences in designing and implementing national BE strategies. For that aim, several MSs presented their initiatives and underlined the importance of stakeholder’s mobilization, regional clusters and inter-ministerial working groups. Moreover, this workshop also aimed to present projects that illustrate different business models of integration of primary producers into the BE value chains.
In this section, CIRCE, the project coordinator, presented two European projects, i.e., uP_running and AGROinLOG itself, as both involve primary producers in pruning-to-energy value chains and biomass logistic centers, respectively. CIRCE made a presentation of AGROinlOG explaining in detail the business strategy of the demo cases as well as the expected outcomes and impacts. The center analyzed the main bottlenecks and lessons learnt from the implementation of the project so far, proposing possible actions of what could be done at different levels in order to remove barriers (policy, social, financial…) and support the replication of good practices.
As an outcome from the workshop the Commission services will summarise the good practices as well as topics for further reflection in a document to be distributed to all participants and relevant policy makers in the area of the Bioeconomy.