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Science at the service of Europe

Food, agriculture, and fisheries and biotechnologies

Towards sustainable food and agriculture in Europe

This activity helps build a sustainable and competitive bio-based economy in Europe. It makes major contributions to the Europe 2020 Flagship Initiatives "Innovation Union" and "Resource Efficient Europe".

EU funding in 2012
€ 321.65 million

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The Commission adopted a Communication on a Bioeconomy for Europe in February, which provides a strategic framework and action plan for the sector.

On the basis of the 2012 Work Programme, the proposals selected for funding focused on innovative solutions, close-to-the-market activities and on private-sector participation, in particular SMEs. In addition, a series of events were held, including the first 'Bioeconomy Stakeholders' Conference' (26-28 March, Copenhagen) and the conferences 'Partnering for the Bioeconomy in European Regions' (12 October, Brussels) and 'New skills for a European Bioeconomy' (20-21 November, Brussels).