ESTONIA

National Contact Point

Name
Argo Peepson

Email
Argo.Peepson@agri.ee

Institution
Research and Development Department
Ministry of Rural Affairs

The BIOEAST Initiative’s National Contact Point (NCP) is the Ministry of Rural Affairs. One of the NCP’s main roles at national level is to interact and coordinate the national views with other bioeconomy related ministries.

Description

The area of government of the Ministry of Rural Affairs covers the planning and implementation of rural policy, agricultural policy, fishing industry of the fisheries policy and the trade policy of agricultural products; The organisation of ensuring food safety and compliance; The coordination of the activities related to animal health and protection and plant health and protection; The organisation of agricultural research and development and agricultural education; The preparation of corresponding draft legislation.The tasks and objectives of the Ministry of Rural Affairs arise from the Statutes of the Ministry. Research and development, sectoral training and advisory system play an important role in the implementation of Estonia’s agricultural policy and increasing the competitiveness of enterprises related to agriculture, food industry, rural life and forestry.
The development of bioeconomy in Estonia is divided between the Ministry of Rural Affairs, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. The activities of the Ministry of Rural Affairs in the field are aimed at increasing human well-being by preserving or improving the natural environment and ensuring food and energy security.

Relevant details regarding the bioeconomy

JRC Bioeconomy KC – https://datam.jrc.ec.europa.eu/datam/mashup/BIOECONOMICS/index.html
Bio-based Industry Consortium – Country Report: Mapping Estonia’s bio-based potential Country Report
BBI JU Country Fact Sheets – https://www.bbi-europe.eu/sites/default/files/Estonia.pdf

Nation bioeconomy hub of Estonia is available at the following link

Bioeconomy-related projects

ADDVAL-BIOEC – Adding value and making more efficient use of raw materials in the bioeconomy and its sectors
BalticBiomass4Value – Unlocking the Potential of Bio-based Value Chains in the Baltic Sea Region
SWEETWOODS – Creating the future for wood industry
RDI2CluB – Rural RDI milieus in transition towards smart bioeconomy clusters and innovation ecosystems
BIOWAYS – Increase public awareness of bio-based products and applications supporting the growth of the European bioeconomy
BIOBRIDGES – Bridging Consumers, Brands and Bio Based Industry to improve the market of sustainable bio-based products
BIOVoices – Mobilization of a plurality of voices and mutual learning to accelerate the Bio-based sector