High Level Conference on Agricultural Research and Innovation – a basis for the development of European agriculture, rural areas and bioeconomy | Bucharest, Romania

05 April 2019

The Romanian Presidency of the EU Council strongly aims at establishing the role of the agricultural and food sectors in the development of the bioeconomy as a vision for the agricultural growth.
In this light, it will host a high-level Conference ”Agricultural research - the basis for the development of European agriculture, rural areas and bio-economy”, which will take place in Bucharest, on the 4-5 of April 2019, with the goal of raising awareness and to build synergies between agriculture and research.

Philippe Mengal, BBI JU Executive Director, will participate as a speaker in the panel on “Challenges for Research and Innovation in Agriculture and Bio-economy in Central and Eastern Europe”.

In many countries there are currently in place policies enhancing the development of the bioeconomy, in areas such as: climate change, sustainable agriculture, livestock and aquaculture, forestry and biodiversity, biotechnology, bioenergy and the use of residual biomass. Many of those policies have evolved over time, in response to different national and international agreements and policy contexts. Within this context, over the last years several countries have started processes intended to develop bioeconomy through dedicated domestic bioeconomy strategies.

This event will provide an opportunity for a broad exchange of views on major challenges and opportunities facing the importance of developing and expanding measures based on innovation and aimed at showing trends, the way towards sustainability through agricultural research and biomass management.

The main objectives of the conference

  • Identification and configuration of agronomic research priorities to the need for food and the future development of the bioeconomy.
  • Identifying the challenges and debating the ways and means of implementing the updated Bioeconomy Strategy at European and national levels.