Expert group has 4 Portuguese representatives
The European Policy Forum on the Bioeconomy, promoted by the European Commission, was officially launched on 12 November last.
This Forum, which comes under Action 2.3 of the 2018 update of the European Strategy for the Bioeconomy, reflects Member States' requests for greater cooperation on Bio-Economy policies.
Under the coordination of the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), high level representatives and experts from each Member State, from relevant policy-making bodies or with operational responsibilities in the development of the Bioeconomy, have been appointed to this Forum. ANI is part of this panel, as an expert, representing the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES), along with 3 other Portuguese representatives from the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of the Sea.
Supporting the strategic move towards a circular and sustainable Bioeconomy in Europe underpins the creation of this discussion group which aims to facilitate the sharing of best practice and discuss coordinated approaches in policy development for the Bioeconomy. As such, European Commission officials from various Directorates General as well as representatives from the European Parliament, the European Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee will also be present to enhance the identification of critical areas for cooperation and knowledge exchange. This Forum aims to support Member States in achieving a green transformation of the economy in line with EU objectives by contributing to the definition of an agenda of joint actions and identifying critical areas for cooperation and knowledge exchange. The Forum will also allow for a structured dialogue between the European Commission and Member States on policy developments relevant to the Bioeconomy, with activities developed and prioritised according to the expected impact.
The European strategy for the Bioeconomy highlights the importance of ecosystems in the economy, including maritime and coastal areas, and their contribution to the European Ecological Pact. This theme has been closely followed by ANI, through a National/National Contact Point (NCP) underpinning the Bioeconomy area in the EU Research & Innovation Framework Programmes.
This Forum is chaired by the Member State holding the Presidency of the EU Council. It is already allocated to Portugal this coordination during the first half of 2021.