On the 18th of May the Bioeconomy WG meeting with the topic food took place at the Central Denmark EU Office.

Alexandra Tuijtelaars from the DG Research & Innovation (Unit F3 Agri-Food chain) of the European Commission presented the Agri-Food Smart Specialisation Platform. She explained that through the Smart Specialisation Platforms the European Commission provides advice on how to implement the smart specialisation strategies. There are three thematic platforms:
• Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy)
• Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation
• Smart Specialisation Platform for Agri-Food (S3P Agri-Food).

The Smart Specialisation Platform for Agri-Food (S3P Agri-Food) combines instruments to accelerate investment in promising Agro-food area. She explained that information regarding setting-up new partnerships and the already existing partnerships (Consumer Involvement in Agrifood Innovation, High Tech Farming, Nutritional Ingredients, Smart sensor systems 4 agri-food, Traceability & Big Data) can be found on the website of the S3P Agri-Food.

Theo Neyenhuis, a representative from the partnership Consumer Involvement in Agrifood Innovation, explained the goals of the partnership:
• Involving consumers and partners in research and innovation activities
• Raising awareness and increasing public debate
• Developing new business models.

Alexandra Tuijtelaars announced that the next S3P Agri-food Working Committee meeting will take place in Seinajoki (Finland) on the 11th of June 2018.
She explained the platform FIT4FOOD2030 which supports the implementation of the European Commission’s FOOD 2030 policy framework and announced the 2nd FOOD 2030 High Level Event "Research & Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security – Transforming our food systems“. The event will be held on the 14th and 15th of June 2018 in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and it will be also web-streamed. She gave the advice to register as soon as possible.

Furthermore, she announced that the European Commission is trying to organise a FOOD 2030 event in the European Parliament around the World Food Day 2018, which will be on the 16th of October.
She declared also that discussions regarding the FP9, a proposal for the framework programme which will succeed Horizon 2020, were still going on and therefore she was not supposed to release any information.

The entire report can be downloaded here.

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