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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
A new brief prepared by the JRC for the European Commission’s Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy (KCB) analyses the latest data on employment, value added and the turnover generated by different bio-based sectors of the EU bioeconomy.
The EU bioeconomy employed 17.5 million people in 2017 (EU-27), which represents 8.9% of the total labour force. It also created up to EUR 614 billion of value added, which represents 4.7% of GDP.
According to the November issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe – which was published today, favourable weather conditions since mid-October allowed the sowing of winter cereals to catch up in most of Europe.
However, sowing activities remain behind in eastern Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.
Favourable conditions arrived too late for rapeseed sowing in several of the main producing countries, and – at EU level - the area sown is expected to be below last year’s level and the 5-year average.