12 – 13 April 2016. Rabo Nederland, Utrecht, the Netherlands. The fourth BioEconomy Stakeholders’ Conference, was held under the auspices of the Dutch EU Presidency. This high – level European meeting was co-organised by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and by the European Commission. The conference was a part of the European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, and serves as an important input to the future orientation of the European Bioeconomy Strategy.
At this two-day conference the results of previous high-level events, in particular the SCAR Foresight Conference, the Bioeconomy Investment Summit and the Global Bioeconomy Summit, converged in a ‘Stakeholders’ Manifesto for the Bioeconomy in Europe’.
The development of the Bioeconomy has a close link to the European discussion about circular economy. The European Commission published the Circular Package last December. The link between the Circular Package and the Bioeconomy will be discussed at the agricultural council on 15 May and further steps will be taken in the environmental council.