Where next for the European bioeconomy?

The publication 'Where next for the European bioeconomy' presents the latest thinking on the bioeconomy from the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) and the European Bioeconomy Panel. It is released on the occasion of the Bioeconomy Stakeholders' Conference organised by the Italian Presidency of the European Union in Turin on 8-9 October 2014.

The publication presents an overview of the work and key messages from the in 2012 established SCAR Strategic Working group 'Sustainable Bio-resources for a Growing Bioeconomy', also taking account of inputs from other SCAR working groups. From the Bioeconomy Panel two issues papers are presented in this publication. These papers are the work of two thematic working groups established in the first year of the Panel, one on biomass supply and one on market-making the bioeconomy. The publication of these papers is intended to stimulate informed debate on the future of the bioeconomy, at the Turin stakeholders' conference and beyond.

The Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) is a committee of EU Member State representatives, chaired by the European Commission. Established in 1974 by a regulation of the Council, it was re-launched in 2005 with a strengthened mandate to advise the Commission and Member States on the coordination of agricultural research efforts.

The European Bioeconomy Panel was established in 2013 to support interactions among different policy areas, sectors and stakeholders in the bioeconomy. The Panel was created with 30 members, selected after a call for applications and representing business and producers, policymakers, the scientific community and civil society.

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