Advancing Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy in Central and Eastern European countries: BIOEASTsUP

The Central-Eastern European Initiative for Knowledge-based Agriculture, Aquaculture and Forestry in the Bioeconomy – BIOEAST – offers a common political commitment and shared strategic research and innovation framework for working towards sustainable bioeconomies in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.

The political initiative started by the Visegrad Group Countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and joined by Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of Estonia, Romania, Slovenia



Through the BIOEAST Initiative, the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries set the vision for 2030 to develop knowledge and cooperation based circular bioeconomies, which helps to enhance their inclusive growth and to create new value-added jobs, especially in rural areas, maintaining or even strengthening environmental sustainability.

The BIOEAST Initiative’s mission is to assist Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries to operationalise their vision for 2030 drawing on their potential and offering opportunities for:

1. A sustainable increase of biomass production, to become competitive and leading, high quality, food and feed producers worldwide;

2. A circular (“zero waste”) processing of the available biomass, to become key players in the development of new bio-based value chains;

3. Viable rural areas: to develop an innovative, inclusive, climate-ready growth model.

The BIOEAST Initiative has identified five challenges to be addressed. These challenges helped to scope the initiative and to set the goals and objectives.

The BIOEASTsUP is a project anchored on BIOEAST Bio-economy in the field of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Forestry in the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEE) by 2030. In the past decade, Circularity and Sustainability remained at the heart the EU policies. At the BIOEASTsUP, we bring together different government stakeholders within the 11 CEE accenting their respective national governments agendas, the agri-food sector, and support for the national bioeconomic strategies. We are highly driven by the BIOEAST goal, to be a global beknown catalyst for research and innovation, rural development and other policies advocating for bioeconomic development in the region by creating an enabling environment for intersectoral framework for sustainable deployment of Biomass potential.

In line with these aims, BIOEASTsUP looks forward to achieving the following:

O 1. To develop strategies: to create a cross-sectorial approach for the development of national circular economy and bioeconomy strategies that are integrated into a broader, common strategy in all countries of CEE region aligned to the EU bioeconomy strategy and the common BIOEAST Initiative goals.

O 2. To cooperate and develop evidence-based policies: to establish a multi-stakeholder network and cluster under the BIOEAST Initiative level to facilitate joint actions, backed up by a renewed commitment to closer cooperation at both political and operational levels.

O 3. To identify common challenges and validate common research areas: to map specific challenges for a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and foster innovative multidisciplinary research and cooperation activities at national and macro-regional level. These should address the relevant common challenges of the BIOEAST Initiative member countries by means of common work carried out by experts, researchers and governmental officers as a follow-up to the Visegrad4+3 Common Declaration and a starting point for the discussion .

O 4. To provide the evidence base: to map and to establish data-driven support for the development and implementation of policies through the creation of an interoperable, fully integrated observing and forecasting system. This would promote continuous, long-term observation based on open data structures to guarantee easy access.

O 5. To improve skills: to increase the expertise of the actors involved by means of training and capacity building actions (incl. cross-border).

O 6. To develop synergies: to promote regional, national, EU and international funding opportunities to develop innovative technologies, methodologies and approaches. The purpose would be to boost the sustainable and circular economic growth of the European bioeconomy sectors and the conservation and upgrading of the regional environment, resources and cultural heritage.

O 7. To increase visibility: to draw attention to specific challenges and to the research and innovation potential of the macro-region, through involving the society and promoting public awareness.

To achieve the EU Circularity and Sustainability goal under the auspice of bioeconomy, BIOEASTsUP develops an open and inclusive platform which is community driven. A platform aimed at reaching a wider array of the community at the Member states level.

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Project type
  • H2020
  • other territorial cooperation
Country of the coordinating institution
Geographical focus
  • European Union (EU 27)
  • H2020
  • International; Other
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Natural Sciences
May 2014 - September 2022

Entry created by Admin on March 4, 2022
Modified on April 13, 2022