Bio-based products for growth and jobs in the EU: the crucial role of regions in boosting the bioeconomy and the circular economy

13 October 2015
Location: 
Borchette building, rue Froissart 36- Brussels, Belgium

Bio-based products for growth and jobs in the EU: the crucial role of regions in boosting the bioeconomy and the circular economy

Themes: Theme 2 - Regions open for business

The workshop aims to outline the economic and growth potential of the European bio-based economy by developing innovative capabilities in SMEs. It will present concrete examples of how regional authorities can foster Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) to exploit this potential. Examples include how the Finnish Ministry implemented the Bioeconomy strategy for accelerating new areas of growth through a biorefinery competition which was won by 3 SMEs.

There will also be a presentation of best project approaches that can boost the development of emerging industries and build the link with regional smart specialization strategies, in synergy with other EU funding sources, such as Horizon 2020 and the EIB financial instruments.

Speakers:

  • Aalto, Mika:Head of Division, Dr. Tech. Natural Resource Economy and Resource Efficiency Enterprise and Innovation Department, Ministry of Employment and the Economy
  • Garburg, Christine: Senior Advisor Research & Innovation Financing at European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Reppel, Katia: Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy, Unit G1 – Smart and sustainable growth
  • Truszczynska, Agnieszka: Policy Officer, European Commission/DG GROW         

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