April 2016 - The bioeconomy provides a turnover of 2 trillion Euros per year, accounts for 22 million jobs in Europe and its climate change mitigation potential ranges from between 1 and 2.5 billion tons of CO2 equivalent per year by 2030. These facts were presented by the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and European Commission representatives gathered at a breakfast briefing session hosted by MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri in March. The goal was to raise MEPs’ awareness of the potential for Europe to become a global leader in the bioeconomy and underlining the role of the EP in shaping this process.
Participants at the session - MEPs Nils Torvalds, Lambert van Nistelrooij and Mark Demesmaeker - exchanged views with Gilles Laroche (DG RTD) and John Bell (DG GROW) about the existing interlinkages between the bioeconomy and other EU policy priorities such as the Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
The session was part of a set of initiatives by the EUBA aimed at profiling the bioeconomy with high influence stakeholders. Earlier this year, the EUBA met Stephan Raes, Head of the Economic Department of the Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU, and the Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), Elżbieta Bieńkowska.