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Public consultation on the "bio-based economy for Europe: state of play and future potential"
Policy field(s)
Research and Technology - The Europe 2020 Strategy and in particular the Innovation Union and Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiatives.
Target group(s)
Public consultation is intended to provide opportunities for inputs from those directly or indirectly linked to the bio-based economy sectors, including representatives of public authorities, businesses and associations, academics and technical experts, civil society organisations and individual citizens.
Period of consultation
From 22.02.2011 to 02.05.2011
Objective of the consultation
This public consultation is intended to provide opportunities for input on the state of play of the bio-economy in Europe, its potential and the need for new action at the EU and Member State levels.
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.
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 ( 15 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 ( 104 KB) to help you to prepare your response.
Reference documents and other, related consultations
Contact details
Directorate-General for Research & Innovation
Postal address: European Commission, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, Office SDME 08/48, Brussels 1049, Belgium
View the contributions

The Commission has committed itself to publishing all contributions to its consultations. To make a clear distinction between contributions from organisations listed in the Register and those from all other organisations (as required by the Commission's communication of 21 March 2007) the contributions should be published at least in the following categories:
- Contributions from Registered Organisations
- Contributions from Public Authorities (European, National, Subnational)
- Individual Contributions:

  1. individual citizens
  2. 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

From the results of the Public consultation on the Bio-based Economy for Europe, two publications have been made.

The Report ( 835 KB) presents the statistical analysis and the content analysis of data collected with the help of the questionnaire published in relation to the consultation while the Summary ( 548 KB) highlights the 35 position papers received from organisations directly or indirectly linked to the bio-based economy.
Both provide a summary of views received from individuals, organizations and public authorities that could assist the Commission in shaping strategy and action plan necessary to develop and promote sustainable European Bio-based Economy. They are completed with three annexes (Questionnaire ( 88 KB), Respondents' comments to open questions ( 225 KB) and General comments of respondents that refused to provide their personal details ( 35 KB)).

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