Civil Society in Action: European Bioeconomy Strategy

28 February 2019 - EESC, room VMA3

Draft Programme

9.00 a.m. - 9.10 a.m.│Opening of the Hearing

  • Gerardo Larghi, President of the Study Group
  • Mindaugas Maciulevičius, EESC Member, Rapporteur of Opinion

9.10 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.│Keynote Speech

  • Waldemar Kütt, Head of the Bioeconomy Strategy Unit and Leader of the Bioeconomy Strategy Review Task Force

9.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.│Finding Opportunities in the Bioeconomy

  • BIOEAST Initiative for sustainable bioeconomies and inclusive growth: Barna Kovács, BIOEAST Secretary General
  • The effect of sustainable forest management, Fanny-Pomme Langue, Confederation of European Forest Owners
  • Sustainable sourcing and circular use of forest fibres: Ulrich Leberle, CEPI
  • Impacts and opportunities for workers, Rolf Gehring, European Federation of Building and Woodworkers
  • Food systems: a key part of the bioeconomy, Wim Haentjens, DG Research and Innovation
  • Farmers and agri-cooperatives’ actions for a sustainable bioeconomy, Oana Neagu, Copa-Cogeca

Open floor discussion

11.00 a.m. - 11.20 a.m.│Coffee break

11.20 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.│Overcoming the Obstacles: Access to Finance and Stimulating Market Growth

  • De-risking investments and high impact initiatives in the bio-based sector, Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, Philippe Mengal
  • Growing regional bioeconomy markets, Jácint Horváth, Committee of the Regions, Rapporteur of CoR Opinion
  • Enabling the public sector to buy into the bioeconomy – an update of the BIOVOICES project, Chiara Pocaterra, BIOVOICES project coordinator, APRE

Open floor discussion

12.30 p.m. – 1.00 p.m.│Closing remarks

  • The role of civil society in the success of the bioeconomy strategy, Udo Hemmerling, EESC Member, Co-Rapporteur of the Opinion
  • Mindaugas Maciulevičius, EESC Member, Rapporteur of Opinion

Participants can listen and speak in English, Germany, Polish, Portuguese, Italian and French