The European bioeconomy: a more sustainable, more prosperous future
More than 400 participants gathered at the Bioeconomy Investment Summit in Brussels on the 9-10 November to discuss how investment can bring speed and scale to the European Bioeconomy. In his opening speech, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science said: “Commissioner Hogan, our fellow-Commissioners and I, are working together to create the right conditions for investments. We’re working to ensure that current and future EU policies are coherent, so that the European Bioeconomy can succeed.” He stressed the great potential to create employment, diversify Europe’s energy sources and increase industry-driven GDP, stating “the bioeconomy must go from niche to norm”.
The two days conference showcased successful business cases and more than 20 EU-funded research projects demonstrated how the bioeconomy is transforming traditional production patterns.
Co-hosting the conference, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan said, “Delivering a meaningful EU Bioeconomy strategy will be absolutely essential if we are to meet the economic and societal targets President Juncker set for our mandates.”
Speakers’ panels debated on what can be done to further unlock public and private investment and presented new commercial and competitive uses for natural resources and innovative, resource-efficient industrial processes leading to the creation of entirely new, environmentally sustainable markets.
Read here the full speech of Commissioner Carlos Moedas
Read here the full speech of Commissioner Phil Hogan