Working Group Leaders

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of Bioeconomy Working Group.

Jorge Molina Villanueva

Jorge Molina Villanueva

Jorge Molina Villanueva

Delegation of the Government of Navarra

Anniina Palmu

Anniina Palmu

Anniina Palmu

West Finland European Office

Angèle Liaigre

Angèle Liaigre

Angèle Liaigre

Pays de la Loire

Linda Reinholdsson

Linda Reinholdsson

Småland Blekinge Halland South Sweden

Bioeconomy

The Working Group focuses on increasing the influence of regions and their stakeholders in shaping the European circular bioeconomy while also working to increase the awareness of the sector as a whole. The group covers the bioeconomy in the widest sense, tackling issues related to topics such as food systems, forestry, bioenergy, biowaste, bio-based products etc. Seeing the growing role of the bioeconomy in decarbonisation efforts, the group also concentrates on the ecological sustainability of these solutions. The group develops contacts with European policymakers to increase cooperation and projects between European regions in bioeconomy.

BBI JU call for proposals - online project facilitation workshop

The Bioeconomy WG is organising an online project facilitation workshop on 30 June around the recently published 2020 BBI JU call for proposals. Interested partners are invited to submit their expression of interest by 12 June.

Next Working Group Meetings

Next Working Group Meetings

Bioeconomy WG

Bioeconomy WG webinar: Ensuring a sufficient provision of skills for an innovative European forestry sector

Anna Tranberg

The Council conclusions from 15 April 2019 highlight the need to further promote research, innovation, and the deployment of technologies in forests and the forest-based sector, as well as the need

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Bioeconomy WG

Future prospects of algae cultivation for a greener and more sustainable society

Anna Tranberg

Algae – being a rich source of proteins, antioxidants, and oils – is becoming increasingly interesting as a sustainable raw material in food, feed, nutrition supplements as well as bioplastics and

Energy

Bioeconomy and Energy WG: Opportunities for waste from the agri-food sector

Anonymous

Circularity is a core element of the European Commission’s vision for the EU bioeconomy. Applying the circular economy to the agri-food sector is important to increase resource efficiency and to

WG Events

WG Events

Minimising the hidden costs of tourism in Mediterranean islands: Waste prevention actions and circular economy perspectives

The Mediterranean Sea is the world's leading tourist region with a major industry, providing the main source of income to local economies. The annual wave of tourism visiting the Mediterreanean places a burden on local infrastructure, particularly in regards to waste management, on islands especially. The BLUEISLANDS project is coming to a close and will share its results in on an online event that brings together EU policymakers, representatives of public authorities from islands, researchers and circular economy practitioners and key stakeholders from the tourism sector.  The web-…

Seminar and networking event on current trends in biotechnology

A seminar and networking event on current trends in biotechnology will be organised around several presentations corresponding to the current trends in biotechnology, which will be an integral part of the fulfilment of the European Green Deal goals.   Attendees will have a unique opportunity to network and find the right partner for the next calls under Horizon Europe and its initiatives, where bioeconomy and biotechnology have and increasing role. Moreover, they will have the possibility to prepare a pitch presentation of 3 minutes to the whole audience. You are invited to register by…

JPI Oceans beyond 2020: A stakeholder consultation forum

This event has been postponed, for more information click the links below.  The Forum will bring together diverse stakeholders to solicit feedback, engagement and discussion on the draft Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of JPI Oceans. This event will represent a crucial step towards the revision of the SRIA 2015-2020. The revised strategy will aim to provide a framework and direction allowing JPI Oceans to add value to national research and innovation efforts, to address European science and policy ambitions and to contribute to global marine and maritime agendas.  Forum…

Food Waste Fest 2.020

This event has been canceled, for more information please see the links below.  The Food Waste Fest 2.020 is an opportunity to discover solutions to food wastage. The 2020 edition will take a multi-sectoral collaborative approach to take its fight against food waste to new realms.  The afternoon event includes a forum, workshops, a fair and talks with industry and policy specialists, such as Carolyn Steel, Tristram Stuart and Naomi Smith. The day will end with the final of the Food Waste Awards 2020 and a live vote. You can submit your project to the awards until 10th February.  To find…

Financing innovative clean tech conference

To reach its goal of becoming the first climate-neutral bloc by 2050, the EU needs significant investment from both the public and private sectors. As part of the European Green Deal Investment Plan, the Innovation Fund is one of the world's largest funds for low-carbon technologies - at about €10bn over 2020-2030 depending on the price of carbon.  This conference will bring togehter financiers and industry representatives to raise awareness to the financial community about the business and investment opporunities that will subsequently present themselves. Participants will also be able to…

Launch event for the European exposome network

The emerging research interest of deciphering how environmental exposures affect our health, known as the human exposome, is the subject of a network launching in Brussels next week. The European human exposome network is made up of nine Horizon 2020 research projects. The all-day launch event is a chance to learn more about the exposome concept and the aims and ambitions of the network. The European Commission states that increasing understanding of the human exposome will advance Europe's approach to enviroment and health research, healthcare and policymaking.  The event is open to all.…

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Call for input - preparation of the CoR Opinion the 'New Circular Economy Action Plan'

The European Committee of the Regions' ENVE Commission has launched an online stakeholders' consultation with the purpose of gathering input for its upcoming opinion on the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) which was published on the 11th of March 2020 by the European Commission (EC) as part of the European Green Deal. This online consultation, which will provide the rapporteur Tjisse STELPSTRA (NL/ECR) and his expert Ingrid ZEEGERS with comments and suggestions, is open to representatives of local and regional authorities (LRAs) and their stakeholder associations. Experts, officials…

Update on ERRIN's work

As we are sure you are all very much aware, the current outbreak of COVID-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty in Brussels and across the whole of Europe. We would therefore like to take a moment to reassure all of you, our members and subscribers, that despite the current situation, the ERRIN Secretariat will stay operational and work remotely. We will continue to serve our members in the best possible ways, mainly through online tools. However, considering the guidelines given by the Belgian authorities, there are some actions that we are required to take, especially related to our upcoming…

Information concerning ERRIN Working Group meetings

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns and the guidelines given by the Belgian authorities, we regret to inform you that our upcoming Working Group meetings will be postponed or will take place online. Please find below a list of Working Group meetings for the month of March:   Online webinar:  - Blue Growth WG meeting on clean waterborne transport (23 March)   Postponed meetings: - Smart Specialisation WG meeting on Component 5 (19 March) - Innovation & Investment WG meeting on access to finance for SMEs (24 March) - ICT and Cultural Heritage & Tourism WG meeting on…

EU Circular Economy Action Plan adopted

The Commission has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan which aims to protect the environment by further implementing measures on the life cycle of products, green economy and strengthening the competitiveness. The actions foresee an involvement of different stakeholders and business. The action plan is an integral part of the EU Industrial Strategy announced yesterday and one of the main parts of the European Green Deal. The Commission’s objectives are to focus on sectors with high circularity using the most resources like ICT, electronics, batteries and vehicles, textiles,…

Information concerning the COVID-19 outbreak and ERRIN meetings

  Considering the current outbreak of the Coronavirus and cancellations of some events taking place in Brussels, we would like to inform members that for the time being all ERRIN Working Group meetings will take place as planned, unless communicated otherwise. We advise all our members to follow our communications in the coming weeks for possible updates on the current situation.    

European Commission unveils European Green Deal

Today the European Commission is presenting the ‘European Green Deal’ in the European Parliament. The deal, presented by President Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans, is pitched to be a response to the challenges of climate change and a bid to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It is also an integral part of the Commission’s strategy to implement the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. One of the goals is to mobilise European research and foster innovation. The ambitious deal lays out plans for caring for the continent’s natural capacity while…

Latest Updates

  • By Gaia Ialisa Marotta

KdG University of Applied Sciences and Arts is looking for partners for BBI calls

The Centre of Expertise on Sustainable Chemistry (CESC) of the Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts is interested in collaborating within the current BBI calls.

  • By Anna Tranberg

European Green Deal call - have your say!

Help shape the call by taking part in the surveys for each of the 11 areas. Deadline 3 June 2020.

  • By Hilary Webb

New platform to advance European bioeconomy

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) has launched a new partnering platform to connect industries with European regions. 

  • By Gaia Ialisa Marotta

Greenpharma is looking for partners for the BBI JU calls

Greenpharma (GP), a French SME specialised in the study of natural products, is looking for a consortium or a coordinator interested in several BBI JU calls

  • By Anna Tranberg

Call for input - preparation of the CoR Opinion the 'New Circular Economy Action Plan'

The European Committee of the Regions' ENVE Commission has launched an online stakeholders' consultation with the purpose of gathering input for its upcoming opinion on the new Circular Economy Action Plan. The deadline to contribute is 29 May.

  • By Hilary Webb

Wallonian businesses work together to innovate against coronavirus

The Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX), has assembled examples from the region of businesses working together to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.