Tuesday, October 17 was the last meeting of the Conferences at noon organized by the EU Brussels Office of the Autonomous Province of Trento in collaboration with CLENAD Italia, the Italian section of the organization of the Seconded National Experts (SNE) to the European Institutions and other bodies of the European Union.). This successful collaboration, launched at the beginning of 2017, has been designed to offer insights on issues of European relevance and interest for the provincial administration, emphasized Valeria Liverini, Director of the Office. In this regard, Giacomo Luciani, a member of the CLENAD board, thanked the Province for this opportunity and hoped that this cooperation would continue, given the excellent results achieved so far.

 

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The rapporteur at Silvia Maltagliati, a Seconded National Expert at the European Commission for Research and Innovation (F2 Biobased products and processes), gave a definition of the term bio-economy and underlined that today it represents 13% of EU GDP with a major social impact for job creation, which corresponds to about 19 million employees. The importance of bioeconomics has been recognized by the European Commission in the strategy paper "Bioeconomy Strategy 2012", which aims to direct the European economy towards efficient and sustainable use of renewable resources in view of the increase of the world population, the need to diminish the dependence of the EU on fossil resources, the depletion of natural resources and the fight against climate change. The "Bioeconomy Strategy 2012" envisages a cross-cutting action plan for the various policies and the increase of biomarkets with the involvement of the private sector.
The Horizon 2020 program foresees in the pillar societal challenges (SC 2, SC 3, SC 5) several social challenges to bioeconomics issues and has funded various projects, such as Ecoprolive or Agrocycle. In this context, the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership with a budget of 3.7 billion euros, deserves particular mention.

Silvia Maltagliati also reported that the week of Bioeconomics will take place from 14 to 17 November 2017 in Brussels. On that occasion the Infoday on Horizon2020 calls for the Societal Challenge 2 will take place. As far as Italy is concerned, in April 2017, the national strategy on bio-economy was officially adopted. It is structured in four priorities: sustainable agriculture and forestry, sustainable agri-food sector and competitive for safe and healthy food, bio-industries, marine and marine aquatic resources, and maritime biomedicine. In this regard, the establishment of a permanent working group of the Italian regions supporting the Green Chemistry Cluster (SPRING). It is attended by various Italian regions.

In conclusion, Silvia Maltagliati announced the elaboration by a group of experts of a proposal for a new strategy for bio-economy of the European Commission. The document, which will be the subject of a public consultation, will be published by 2018.

 

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