Bioeconomy policy

Policy background, strategy and contribution to the Commission's political agenda of bioeconomy policy

The International Bioeconomy Forum (IBF)

The International Bioeconomy Forum (IBF) was announced by Commissioner Moedas on 13 October 2016 and it was officially launched on 30 November 2017 in Brussels with a first plenary meeting.

The meeting was co-chaired by the European Commission and AgriFood Canada. Nine extra-European countries from all the five continents participated. Canada, US, Argentina, South Africa, India, China and New Zealand joined the IBF as members. Australia and South Korea joined as observers.

European Member States are also represented in the plenary through a delegate of the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR).

Other observers that participated to the plenary are the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the BIOEAST initiative.

The participants agreed on a document setting up the governance and the basic working modalities of the Forum.

Two working groups (reporting directly to the plenary) have been officially constituted: one on Microbiome led by the European Commission and one on ICT in Food Systems led by New Zealand. Discussion on additional working groups is ongoing.


The general concept of the International Bioeconomy Forum is that of a co-owned platform, organised in ad-hoc working groups, to guide international cooperation on a limited number of R&I priorities and horizontal activities which are crucial for the development of a global, sustainable bioeconomy and addressing related global challenges (COP 21, SDGs, circular economy, sustainable food security, etc.).

Setting up an international forum for the bioeconomy addresses an important objective of the European Bioeconomy strategy: to ensure that the importance of the bioeconomy is raised at international level, in particular, and in line with the current 'Open to the world' priority, the opportunity to better structure international R&I cooperation to contribute to bioeconomy policy targets.

The structure of IBF is based on ad-hoc working groups focussing on specific subjects related to the bioeconomy. Participation in the working groups is open to any kind of expert regardless of their affiliation (public or private, governmental or academic, etc.) provided that he/she has been nominated by one of the institutions sitting in the plenary.


  • Bioeconomy Policy Day
    On 16 November 2017, the European Commission organized a high level event, together with nine Directorates General, to discuss the outcome of the review of the 2012 Bioeconomy Stategy.

Related areas