A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe: Strengthening the connection between economy, society and the environment

SEDEC-VI/048
Adopted

A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe: Strengthening the connection between economy, society and the environment

Jácint HORVÁTH
Jácint HORVÁTH
Member Hungary
Representative of Local Government of Nagykanizsa with county rights
 horvath.jacint@gmail.com
 +36 30 6408671
 EN, DE, HU
Commissions: ECON-VI , SEDEC-VI
 Adoption: 26/06/2019
 Theme: Enterprise and Industry , Environment , Agriculture, Maritime and Consumer policies
Commission: Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC-VI)
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS - considers that the development of the bioeconomy has great potential in terms of growth and jobs and points out that this development will only be possible if regional and local stakeholders cooperate closely and work towards the same goals. The Committee further stresses the importance of sustainable bioeconomy for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals; - encourages all European regions, being one of the most appropriate territorial levels for the implementation of bioeconomy strategies, to adopt bioeconomy action plans by late 2024 or to provide for a chapter dedicated to the bioeconomy in their global development strategy; - considers that the development of the bioeconomy, particularly in less advanced regions, is connected to tangible projects, and that by delivering flagship innovations it will be possible to keep up the pace; - considers that cities should become major circular bioeconomy hubs; - proposes that rather than administrative boundaries, ecological boundaries and ecosystems should be used as a basis for assessing biomass production potential; - proposes that a single system of indicators be developed, which is capable of providing information on activity in the regions by means of basic and specific indicators; - would however point out that bioeconomy development requires a global approach, which also means that it will have to be financed by means of simultaneous and coordinated take-up of different resources. The Committee considers that the European Commission must enhance complementarities of a number of financial instruments and devise suitable tools for coordinating resources; - considers that the labour force necessary for sustainable, bio-based value chains adapted to the ecosystem will be available in the long term if efforts are made to meet the specific labour needs of bioeconomy sectors by means of progressive and consistent education modules from primary education on, as well as training and lifelong learning modules, which are elaborated by Member States on the basis of the open method of coordination.
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