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Advancing Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy in Central and Eastern European Countries

BIOEASTsUP completed: Project supported Central and Eastern European EU countries of developing national bioeconomy strategies.

The BIOEASTsUP project, which was funded under the European research and innovation program Horizon 2020, ended on March 31, 2023. It supported the BIOEAST initiative, a cooperation of Central and Eastern European EU member states, in the development of national bioeconomy strategies.

As one of the 21 project partners, the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) was able to contribute its experience with the development and further development of the bioeconomy strategy in Germany.

BIOEASTsUP supported, among others, thematic working groups of the BIOEAST Initiative in the areas of agroecology, food and nutrition, forestry, water, bioenergy, and education and bio-based materials. Representatives of member states in the BIOEAST region were thus able to learn about the future research and innovation priorities and funding instruments of the EU's Horizon Europe research funding program, with a special focus on bio-based industries, including the energy sector.

In addition, the project consortium supported the BIOEAST initiative in developing a strategic research and innovation agenda (SRIA). This was published in February 2023 and describes the future research and innovation priorities in the EU member states of Central and Eastern Europe. In particular, the bioeconomy is considered in its complexity and new cross-sector value chains are identified. 

In order to highlight the strengths and potentials of the bioeconomy in the countries of the BIOEAST initiative and to provide recommendations for further development, a bioeconomy concept paper was prepared for each of the 11 countries in the region. The concept papers form an important basis for the future development of detailed national bioeconomy strategies. 

FNR was instrumental in organizing inter-ministerial working groups in the BIOEAST countries. Furthermore, it supported the development of the research and innovation agenda as well as the development of an exploitation strategy for the project results.






This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 862699.




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