The Central and Eastern European countries are strongly committed to keeping the BIOEAST Initiative high on their political agenda. Three political declarations were signed by Agriculture Ministers of the Visegrad Group Countries (CZ, HU, PL, SK) Baltic States (EE, LT, LV) and BG, HR, RO and SI on supporting the Initiative. The enlarged meetings of the Visegrad Group Countries’ Agriculture Ministers including other Eastern European countries will provide the political discussion platform for the Initiative.

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 still difficult to coordinate a common viewpoint.

The effective work requires efficient governance, which is why it is important to ensure a clear and transparent organizational structure of the BIOEAST Initiative, with clear management and decision-making rules. Based on the changing role in the national and European landscape, BIOEAST’s Governance is proposed to be re-assessed regularly.

The proposed way forward is to build up a governance structure based around a BIOEAST Board made up of National Contact Points and chaired by the Secretary General. A Scientific Advisory Board consisting mostly of scientific experts will further help with the work of the Initiative.

The European Commission will be involved in specific tasks and updated formally on the results of these discussions via the Horizon 2020 and Horizon EUROPE Framework Programmes, relevant committees and the Standing Committee for Agricultural Research (SCAR). The Council of the European Union will be briefed officially in the frame of the different Council formations, while the European Parliament will be kept in the loop via the interested Members of the European Parliament.