October 2016 - A European bioeconomy based on sustainably produced biobased raw materials has a strong role to play in the fight against climate change; it is crucial to ensure consistency between the industrial bioeconomy and the Energy Union framework, as well as competitiveness in a circular economy. It was with this comprehensive message and a strong call for MEPs to become activists of the bioeconomy that MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats) welcomed 20 parliamentary assistants to the briefing session Building the circular economy with biobased materials and products, that was held in Brussels, on 23 September 2016. (Click here to watch the video).
The lively discussions that took place between the assistants and the members of the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) touched upon the interconnections between the circular economy and the bioeconomy, particularly in the context of the Circular Economy Package and the legislative proposals on waste. For EUBA members, it was a timely opportunity to explain to a pivotal audience the importance of the bioeconomy for Europe and its relationship to EU policy objectives on jobs and growth, climate and sustainability.