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Public consultation on "Bio-based industries, towards a public-private partnership under Horizon 2020?"
Policy field(s)
Research and Innovation
Target group(s)
This public consultation is intended to provide opportunities for inputs from all those directly or indirectly connected with the bio-based industry value chain, including representatives of public authorities, farmers and foresters, businesses and associations, academics and technical experts, civil society organisations and individual citizens.
Period of consultation
From 21.09.2012 to 14.12.2012
Objective of the consultation

This public consultation is intended to provide opportunities for input on the state of play of the full bio-based industries value chain in Europe, in particular with regard to aspects related to research and innovation. A public-private partnership is being envisaged to implement research and innovation activities under Horizon 2020. This consultation is specifically seeking input in connection therewith.

How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

In order to submit your contribution, you will be requested to register by introducing some information allowing us to know who you are and how to contact you. Moreover, this will allow you to access any time your own contribution in order to modify/suppress it. It is important for us to be able if need be to contact the contributors to continue the dialog or ask for complementary information.

Since the launch in June 2008 of the Register for Interest Representatives (lobbyists) as part of the European Transparency Initiative, organisations are invited to use this Register to provide the European Commission and the public at large with information about their objectives, funding and structures. It is Commission policy that submissions from organisations will be considered as individual contributions unless the organisations have registered.
View the introductory paper
You are advised to read the introductory paper ( 95 KB) before completing your contribution.
View the questionnaire
The maximum time to complete the questionnaire allowed by the system is 90 minutes. Partial responses will not be saved. This means once you start filling in the questionnaire, you have to answer all compulsory questions to submit your response. You can, however, preview/print a PDF version of the online questionnaire ( 67 KB) to help you to prepare your response.
Reference documents and other, related consultations

This consultation relates to the implementation of Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a proposed €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. For access to comprehensive information on Horizon 2020, please see

The activities related to Bio-based industries fit within the broader context of the Commission's views on the bio-economy as described in the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions "Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe." SWD(2012) 11 final (see link below).

A public-private partnership for research and innovation on bio-based industries is envisaged in the Communication as part of the Bioeconomy Action Plan.

Contact details
Responsible service:
European Commission, Directorate General for Research & Innovation, Unit E2 (Biotechnologies)
Postal address:
European Commission
Directorate General for Research & Innovation
SDME 8/22
B-1049 Brussels
View the contributions

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  • Contributions from Registered Organisations
  • Contributions from Public Authorities (European, National, Subnational)
  • Individual Contributions:
    • individual citizens
    • unregistered organisations

In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps
The Commission is committed to providing feedback on consultations. This will be available soon after the consultation closure. You will be informed on the next steps which will take place for this consultation.