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:

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?’


Q: What is covered by theme 2 ’Policy and governance challenges in the economically less developed EU regions?’


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?


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