On the occasion of its launch at the European Parliament on 04 February, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EBA) calls for more predictable calls and a longer-term strategy for developing a competitive, dynamic and sustainable Bioeconomy in Europe.
Developing the bioeconomy is only feasible if the EU provides a holistic, coherent and harmonised framework in a range of policy fields: agriculture, forestry, marine, industrial, climate, environment, energy, research, innovation and regional development. The EU needs to act on the following four main fronts in particular, in order to help Europe become a leader in the bioeconomy:
Implement priority recommendations from the Lead Market Initiative on bio-based products. This will not only create new markets and jobs but also stimulate economic recovery, focusing on: access to feedstock, research, development and innovation, access to markets, public procurement and communication.
Encourage member states to implement measures to i) increase agricultural and forestry productivity and soil fertility in a sustainable way and ii) facilitate mobilisation and access to renewable feedstock at competitive prices.
Address barriers to investment in first commercial operations, such as biorefineries in Europe. The Public Private Partnership on Bio-based Industries is a first step in the right direction and should facilitate and catalyse other European and national and regional financing sources.
Engage with civil society, together with farmers, forest owners and
industry, to encourage the debate on shaping a more competitive, sustainable bioeconomy for Europe.