Originally conceived eight years ago as a way to reduce Europe's dependence on oil, the 2018 European Commission's bioeconomics strategy has been expanded, moving from biofuel production to any type of European industry based on bioproduction.
The European Commission and the EU partners want to use the concept of bioeconomics as a tool to encapsulate the political priorities that are at the core of the block's new flagship policy on agriculture, as reported by the European portal EURACTIV.com, focusing on the concept of circular economy.
In a recent intervention before the Committee of Agriculture of the Croatian Parliament in Zagreb, the EU Commissioner of Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, said that bioeconomics represents a great opportunity for European agriculture and producers to play a key role when it comes to getting the EU Green Pact to succeed.
From the point of view of the development strategy, the official focused on the need to apply a multisectoral, coherent and global strategy, but also on a territorial level.
Bioeconomics is also explicitly one of the nine objectives of the EU. Through the national strategy plans contained in the proposal for a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the EU, all member states will have to continue outlining how they plan to achieve these 9 objectives at EU level, including the promotion of bioeconomics using the CAP tools.
A new boost was given to this new framework of action after the European Commission updated the bioeconomics strategy in October 2018, after which two consecutive high-level conferences were held to address the topic. A third conference on bioeconomics is planned for the end of next April.
Bioeconomics is also explicitly cited in the program of the Croatian presidency of the EU. In fact, during his visit to Zagreb, Commissioner Wojciechowski also stressed that bioeconomics could become a powerful ally for small and medium family farms.