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19 August 2016

The role of regions in the European Bioeconomy to be discussed at the Bratislava Conference

The Slovak Presidency together with the European Commission will organise a conference on the role of EU regions in developing a sustainable European Bioeconomy. Bratislava Bioeconomy conference will be held on October 17 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The aim of the conference is to discuss with national and regional stakeholders the new bioeconomy context for the agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and the role of research and innovation to overcome the big societal challenges. The conference also pursues to identify barriers in the regions in adapting the bioeconomy strategy.

After the welcome message, the first session of the day will showcase how everyday products can have bio-based ingredients and how the application of bio-based technologies offers new opportunities for developing the bioeconomy in Europe.

The conference has the ambition to follow the 4th SCAR Foresight Stakeholder Conference, the 2015 Bioeconomy Investment Summit, the 2015 Global Bioeconomy Summit and the Bioeconomy Utrecht 2016 Conference held in April 2016. The conference will be organised in line with the Slovak Presidency goals. The Presidency plans to bring in the front of the Council the outcome of the conference, tentatively a position paper on the role of the EU regions in developing sustainable bioeconomy.

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