Commissioner welcomes first Bioeconomy Panel meeting
Research and Innovation Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn today opened the first meeting of the Bioeconomy Panel, a 30-strong group of professional experts comprising a broad spectrum of stakeholders. The Panel's purpose is to help implement the European Commission's Bioeconomy Strategy, as the Commissioner underlined in her opening video message:
“The creation of this panel is an important step in our Bioeconomy strategy. I have high expectations that it can help us to better identify, analyse and understand the policy issues that are crucial to the development of the European bio-economy."
The Panel will promote interaction between different policies and actors. This is especially important for the development of the bioeconomy, because it cuts across traditional policy boundaries and notions of 'sectors'. Panel members will serve an initial two-year term and are drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds to represent different stakeholder groups: producers, enterprises, and industry; the scientific and research community; public administration and civil society.
At the meeting, the Panel discussed proposed lines of work for the near future, including issues such as biomass supply and food supply chains. Members also presented ideas on how to take the establishment of the Bioeconomy Observatory forward - a key element of the Bioeconomy Strategy launched in 2012.
A report of the first meeting of the Bioeconomy Panel will be made available shortly on the EU Bioeconomy website.
The full list of members of the Bioeconomy Panel is available here [2 MB]