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Uppdate of the European Bioeconomy Strategy

We very much appreciate that the European Commission has announced to update the European Bioeconomy Strategy in order to better focus and align with the EU political priorities and future challenges.

In line with the roadmap of DG RTD and in line with the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Manifesto we think that strategic research and innovation, strengthening support for education and training, addressing bottlenecks to dissemination and transfer as well as scaling-up bio-based sectors are the most important issues to address while at the same time we have to support the creation of markets, improve our understanding of land and sea ecosystems, develop better performance in monitoring and assessing the progress of the Bioeconomy.

Acknowledging the efforts of the European Commission to support the development of the European Bioeconomy we would like to emphasize that sustainable circular Bioeconomy often is local or regional and that policy frameworks and incentives should be technology-neutral to support market development and to enable solutions that are adapted to regional resources and circumstances.

High sustainability standards must apply for all biomass products, all raw materials and all energy carriers, including fossil fuels. It is essential that all use of raw materials is included in systems that guarantee an acceptable sustainability. It is not effective to require high sustainability standards solely for, for example, biomass and allow lower standards for other resource use.

With respect to education and training issues do we experience that the forthcoming possibilities within those branches with a high bioeconomical potential like the forest- and wood-industry and in the area of food production are not sufficiently well known among young people. We would very much welcome common initiatives to promote innovative and sustainability aspects as well as the future potential of a circular Bioeconomy to ensure a better basis for recruitment within this sector.

We think that regions can play an active role in the development of regional Bioeconomies e.g.
- by fostering SMEs both in the development of sustainable bio-based businesses and in supporting their internationalization,
- by engaging in education and training of a skilled workforce for the Bioeconomy,
- by enhancing knowledge in the social society in the field of Bioeconomy,
- by cooperating on EU-level to develop and assess regulatory frameworks and policy incentives and
- last but not least by contributing to research and innovation through universities and research institutes and as partners for pilot-projects.

We would like to encourage the European Commission to base the assessment of Bioeconomy on a holistic view taking into account the whole livecycel of products and a long-term perspective when it comes to monitoring and assessment procedures.

Regionförbundet i Kalmar län

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