Q: What does BIOEAST stand for?
A: Central-Eastern European Initiative for Knowledge-based Agriculture in the Bioeconomy
Q: What is the challenge of BIOEAST?
A: The European Union sees signifi-cant internal disparities in terms of research and innovation performance. Besides, due to low participation of CEE regions in H2020, high level of professional knowledge stays outside of the region. This is a major challenge, which is hindering the sustainable growth in the whole EU.
Q: How can we face the challenge?
For example the „widening participation” –as one of the horizontal issues complementing the strategic orientations for 2018-20 Work Programme - needs to be strengthened. What we need now is cooperative action to reach synergies and improve our performance.
Q: What are the objectives of BIOEAST?
A: To improve the sustainable growth of knowledge-based agriculture, aquaculture and forestry in the bioeconomy in the CEE regions.
Q: How can we reach the objectives?
A: By taking the following actions:
- Initiate cooperation: establish a multi-stakeholder network to facilitate joint actions;
- Provide an evidence base: establish data-driven support for implementation of policies;
- Focus on research: map specific challenges for a Strategic Research Agenda;
- Improve skills: train a new generation of dedicated multi-stakeholder actors;
- Develop synergies: promote regional, national, EU and international funding opportunities;
- Increase visibility: draw attention to specific challenges of the CEE regions.
Q: What is the thematic scope of BIOEAST?
A: Theme 1: Climate change challenges in the Continental and Pannonian Bio-geographical Regions
Theme 2: Policy and governance challenges in the economically less developed EU regions
Q: What is covered by theme 1 ’Climate change challenges in the Continental and Pannonian Bio-geographical Regions?’
- Sustainable intensification of plant produc-tion (by maintaining soil conditions and im-proving water management) and livestock production (by decreasing harmful impact of emissions, gases);
- Sustainable extensification by maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services (in-cluding the role of pollinators, sustainable use of genetic resources);
- Improvement of organic farming in terms of production technology;
- The reduction of high dependence on non-renewable energy sources;
- Exploiting the potential for protein crop pro-duction;
- Strengthen the Region as a buffer zone against emerging and changing pathogens;
- Sustainable, efficient and competitive fresh-water fish production.
Q: What is covered by theme 2 ’Policy and governance challenges in the economically less developed EU regions?’
- Motivating knowledge-based modern farming (economic optimization of production sys-tems) and cooperation among farmers;
- Supporting the generation change of the first entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector;
- Improving supply chain efficiency and in-creasing its added value;
- Increasing consumer awareness in mis-trustful and price sensitive societies;
- Increasing the value added use of agricul-tural and forestry biomass;
- Experiences of less developed EU regions in social integration challenges such as food, energy or social care security.
Q: Does the BioEast Initiative have a political base?
A: Yes, the Visegrad4+3 Common Declaration. V4 MINISTRIES + 3 MINISTRIES
Q: What are the proposed actions for the near future?
- Active involvement in the development of the Horizon 2020 SC2 2018-2020 work programme (contributing to objectives 6 and 7);
- More workshops to be organised, the first in Poland to cover the remaining CEE-relevant research topics (contributing to objective 2);
- Building a website for the BIOEAST Initiative (contributing to objectives 1 and 7);
- Starting the dissemination of a regular newsletter (contributing to objectives 1 and 7);
- Starting to discuss and lobby for the setting-up of a common Coordination and Support Action and a common ERA-NET instrument with the thematic content previously defined in this paper (contributing to all objectives).
Q: Who is part of BIOEAST? Experts? Ministries? Both? Is there a working-group structure? How many working groups? Covering which topics? Who is part of the working groups?
A: The participating Member States are expected to communicate with the European Commission both at expert and at political levels. The former includes representatives of ministries, research institutes, academies of sciences, universities, and chamber organisations involving the industry. Political-level discussions will happen in the Visegrad Group’s working groups in the constellation of the different ministries. The European Commission will be formally updated of the results of these discussions via the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Programme Committee and the Standing Committee for Agricultural Research (SCAR). The European Council will be formally updated in the frame of the different Council meetings, while the European Parliament via the interested Members of the European Parliament.
Q: Who are the supporters of the Initiative?
A: Supporters of the initiative
Q: How can I become a supporter?
A: You need to sign the letter of support. Download