Institutional setup

The Central and Eastern European countries are strongly committed to keep the BIOEAST Initiative high on their political agenda. Two political declaration  were signed by Agriculture Ministers of the enlarged Visegrad Group Countries (BG, CZ, HR, HU, PL, RO, SK, SI) on launching the Initiative. Other Member States (EE, LT) also signalled their interest to participate.

The enlarged meetings of the Visegrad Group Countries’ Agriculture Ministers including other CEE countries will provide the political discussion platform for the Initiative. However, the topics of the BIOEAST initiative could possibly cover broader subjects and several other sectors and ministries. In most of the Member States, due to the lack of national level horizontal approaches to the bioeconomy related sectors, it is difficult to coordinate a common viewpoint.

The positive experience of the SCAR (Standing Committee on Agricultural Research) and Horizon 2020 Programme Committee meetings is a good institutional setup to be considered, where the representatives of different ministries are discussing together.

The proposed way forward is to include in the communication all the ministries and their viewpoints from the outset by providing a contact person/or contact persons for coordinating in each involved ministry. It was decided to nominate one national contact point or number of national contact points due to the division of competences among national ministries (i.e. agriculture, aquaculture, forestry).

The national contact points form the BIOEAST Working Group, through a process of national nomination, become BIOEAST Working Group members.

The BIOEAST General Secretary, who will liaise with the BIOEAST Working Group will coordinate the BIOEAST Initiative. Mr Barna Kovács PhD is appointed as the General Secretary.

The European Commission will be updated formally on the results of these discussions via the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Programme Committee and the Standing Committee for Agricultural Research (SCAR). The Council of the European Union will be updated formally in the frame of the different Council meetings, while the European Parliament will be kept in the loop via the interested Members of the European Parliament.

BIOEAST full process



V4 and other Central and Eastern European countries' Ministries 

Ministry of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture is responsible for the operation of the research, development and innovation (R&D&I) area. The Department carries out its activities under the direction of the Deputy Secretary of State for Agricultural Economy.

  • Establishment of strategic cooperation
  • Providing professional support to the formation of EIP-AGRI Operational groups
  • Compilation of white papers
  • Compilation of analyzes
  • Assessment of R&D&I sectoral needs and focus areas
  • Preparation of government and ministerial-level management decisions

The tasks of the Department include the professional supervision of the Ministry’s research institutes and the development and management of the national and international contact systems in the agricultural R&D&I area. Moreover, the task is to identify and analyze strategic focus areas for Hungarian agricultural R&D&I in the context of the bioeconomy. Further aim of the Department is to strengthen transnational scientific and political cooperation in the Central and Eastern European macro-region, in order to increase the macro region’s competitiveness of agriculture in the bioeconomy and to increase the regional and international visibility of the organisations operating in this field.

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic

The Ministry, as a central state administration body, has responsibility for the development and implementation of state policy on agriculture, food, forestry, wood processing, hunting and aquaculture, and performs specific cross-sectional and sectoral functions.

Main task areas related to RDI and the bioeconomy:

  • Sustainable land management;
  • Effective utilisation of biomass from soil, plant, forest and animal production;
  • Added value of agricultural and food production;
  • Waste management and the circular economy.

The Ministry, through its two research institutions – the National Agricultural and Food Centre (NPPC) and the National Forest Centre (NLC) – covers agricultural, food and forestry research, innovation and knowledge transfer. NPPC and NLC are engaged in comprehensive research and gathering of knowledge on the sustainable use and protection of natural resources in the areas of plant and animal production, food production, soil management, grassland and mountain agriculture, agroecology and agro-food economy, and also on research and advisory services oriented towards sustainable forest management and its implementation in practice.

Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic

The Ministry of Agriculture is the central public administrative authority for agriculture, the water sector and the food processing industry, and for forestry, game management, hunting and fishing.

Main task areas related to RDI and the bioeconomy:

  • Sustainable management of natural resources;
  • Sustainable agriculture and forestry;
  • Sustainable food production.

Food security and energy self-sufficiency to increase competitiveness. Significantly improve the protection of natural resources used, taking into account ongoing climate change. The vision of research, development and innovation is ’Promoting innovative agriculture and forestry through advanced methods and technologies’. Three key areas are defined to fulfill this mission: sustainable management of natural resources, sustainable agriculture and forestry, and sustainable food production.

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