Development of Bioeconomy in Central and Eastern Europe, BioEcon, BioEast and ERDN joint workshops

Monday, 17/09/2018,  3 p.m. – 6 p.m., King Ferdinand Hall of the Life Sciences Institute, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

  • BioEcon: New Strategies on Bio-Economy
  • Assessment of the importance of Bioeconomy in Poland at regional level with the example of Lublin Voivodship
  • Methods and indicators for assessment of bioeconomy development
  • BioEast: Central and Eastern European initiative for knowledge-based agriculture, aquaculture and forestry in the Bioeconomy


Piotr Jurga, Department of Bioeconomy and Systems Analysis, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation – State Research Institute, Poland,, member of BioEcon project.

Paweł Chmieliński, European Rural Development Network,, ERDN representative to the BIOEAST initiative

co-operation: Barna Kovacs, General Secretary of the BIOEAST.

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Owing to the global challenges, sustainability is achievable at the macro-regional level. To build sustainable national and local bioeconomies, the specific challenges arising from climate change in the Continental Biogeographical Region, and the common societal, economic and governance issues of the CEE countries should be taken into consideration.

Workshops are meant to present and discuss strategic planning, the approach, methods and indicators for the assessment of bioeconomy development, based on the achievements and experiences of two outstanding initiatives.

The Central-Eastern European Initiative for Knowledge-based Agriculture, Aquaculture and Forestry in the Bioeconomy – BIOEAST – offers a shared strategic research and innovation framework for working towards the development of a sustainable bioeconomy in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. The comparative advantage in the EU of the CEE countries, namely the sustainable biomass production and processing, could lead to the benefit of the society by creating jobs and growth in the private sector. The macro-region’s environmental, economic, societal, geopolitical, cultural and historical homogeneity and complexity could provide the framework conditions favourable to development of a sustainable circular bioeconomy. However, to achieve this goal, the traditional primary production and processing sectors must be modernized through a robust research and innovation initiative in bioeconomy. The BIOEAST Initiative represents the joint efforts by Visegrad Group and other CEE countries to create macro-regional strategic research and innovation agenda that should lead to enforced policy making at national level, enhanced cooperation with other EU countries and forward-looking participation in the European Research Area (ERA).

Joint efforts of public administration, research institutions and stakeholders within the BIOEAST were appreciated by the Commission and in 2018 the H2020 call „Support to the BIOEAST initiative: boosting knowledge and innovation-based bioeconomies” (RUR-18-2019) was introduced to the work plan of the Horizon 2020.

BIOEAST initiative:


BioEcon is H2020 project based in Poland, funded to develop the research potential of the institution through the creation of an excellent international and interdisciplinary department of Bio-economy and Systems Analysis. Specific objectives of the BioEcon project are:

  • Improvement of research organization and management
  • Update of Research and innovation strategy
  • Intensive interaction with policy makers and stakeholders to mobilize regional support and transfer research outcomes
  • Increase research excellence in the field of bio-economy and system analysis
  • Concentration of resources and widening of participation
  • Massive dissemination of bioeconomy methods.

The project team is working to set the grounds for the implementation of the new interdisciplinary strategy for research and innovation leading to the development of bioeconomy in Poland, taking into full consideration the regional development aspect reflected by the Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3), the existing potential in the country, and the needs already defined by public authorities, and to develop a plan for full implementation of European Research Area (ERA) priorities. BioEcon will also foster strong discourse and cooperation with the public and regional authorities, the SME business, and end users such as farmers, industrial associations, civil society organisations and other stakeholders; and upgrades research performance through cooperation with different institutes and via training programmes.

BioEcon project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 669062. Call: H2020-WIDESPREAD-2014-2, Topic: WIDESPREAD-2-2014 ERA Chairs, section „Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation”. Grantee: Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation – State Research Institute, Puławy, Poland. Budget – 2 400 000 €

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Workshops organised as a part of the XVI European Rural Development Network Conference: CAP 2020+: experiences and ideas for future rural areas and development 17-18-19.09.2018, Cluj-Napoca, Romania