17 October 2016

The role of regions in the European Bioeconomy

The Slovak Presidency together with European Commission under the auspices of Standing Committee of Agricultural Research (SCAR) will organise a conference on the role of EU regions in developing a sustainable European Bioeconomy. The aim of the conference is to discuss with national and regional stakeholders the new bioeconomy context for the agriculture, forestry and fisheries, the role of research and innovation to overcome the big societal challenges ahead of us and also to identify the barriers in the regions in adapting the bioeconomy strategy. The wider objective is to raise awareness in the EU regions, on the need for bioeconomy strategy building, giving particular emphasis to the Central and Eastern European countries, to bring to the attention of EU policy makers the regional and international aspects of the Bioeconomy, and to raise awareness among stakeholders on the possibilities offered by these new aspects at regional and international level.

Bratislava Bioeconomy conference will be held on October 17 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia. This high level European meeting is organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and National Agriculture and Food Centre and by the European Commission. The conference is a part of the European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, and serves as an important input to the future orientation of the European Bioeconomy Strategy.


The conference will also discuss how regions can benefit from relevant EU instruments and initiatives that can support regional bioeconomy clusters beside the Horizon 2020, such as the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and smart specialisation strategies (RIS3). The conference has the ambition to follow the 4th SCAR Foresight Stakeholder Conferencee, the 2015 Bioeconomy Investment Summit, the 2015 Global Bioeconomy Summit and the Bioeconomy Utrecht 2016 Conference held in April 2016. The aim is to bring to the attention of stakeholders ongoing regional demonstration and pilot projects, and to help to develop regional bioeconomy clusters involving private and public investments. Furthermore, the conference will provide input to the policy dialogue regarding the bioeconomy, including the European Bioeconomy strategy and its review. The conference will be organized in line with the Slovak Presidency goals. The Presidency plans to bring in the front of the Council the outcome of the conference, tentatively a position paper on the role of the EU regions in developing sustainable bioeconomy.

Conference venue

Grand Hotel River Park a Luxury Collection Hotel (17 October 2016).
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“This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 754263“