European Bioeconomy Panel reaches consensus on draft Bioeconomy Manifesto

Amendments proposed by FTP helped to untangle the last critical issues in the draft Bioeconomy Manifesto under preparation by the members of the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel during the Panel’s two-day meeting held on 6-7 July 2017. With this break-through, a signing of the Bioeconomy Stakeholders Manifesto is within reach. 

“A European Bioeconomy Manifesto will signal to the European Commission and Parliament that the Bioeconomy has a strong support among various stakeholder groups. It will also raise attention to the need to have a new look at the European Bioeconomy Strategy”, affirmed Joanna Dupont, the Biotechnology Director of EuropaBio and Chair of the Bioeconomy Panel. 

Before tabling the amendments, FTP has consulted with its network, shareholders and members of the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA). The collective input was meaningful to develop inclusive amendment proposals, an important achievement to ensure relevant signatories to the Manifesto. 

The first building blocks of the Bioeconomy Manifesto were delivered during the conference BioeconomyUtrech2016, following several rounds of multi-stakeholder workshops and consultations carried out during the first half of 2016, under the mandate of the Dutch Presidency of the EU. The Manifesto is expected to be officially launched at a dedicated event during the Bioeconomy Day on 17 November 2017.