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Circular BioEconomy Market Uptake and Policy Support in Central Europe

Project acronym: BIOECO-UP

Project duration: 2023-2026

Total budget: 2,348,315 EURO (1,87 M EURO from ERDF budget)

CZU budget: 167,740 EURO

Project team (FFWS+FTA): Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hynek Roubík (main contact at FTA); doc. Ing. Miroslav Hájek, Ph.D (main contact at FFWS)

Consortium: 12 partners and 5 associated partners (ministries)


The bioeconomy concept seeks to replace fossil resources with renewable raw materials in as many areas and applications as possible. The BIOECO-UP project widely establishes this concept across central Europe. The BIOECO-UP will design new circular value chains for the bioeconomy and change consumer behaviour. BIOECO-UP will also support the policy level to push ahead with the transformation.

Project summary:

Main challenges of circular bioeconomy in CE are poorly developed bio-based value chains, low level of consumer awareness and uneven policy progress along East-West divide. BIOECO-UP project will take circular bioeconomy forward by designing bioeconomy value chains, changing consumers behaviour and supporting policy transformation.

Significant policy impact is expected due to strategic partnership, actively involved in high-level inter-ministerial BIOEAST Initiative composed of 11 East European Agriculture Ministries and supporting institutes. Besides policy and business sector, civil society will benefit from lower dependency on fossil-based products and improved use of bio-based products.

WP1 will transnationally test, develop and upscale solutions for bio-based value chains design.

WP2 will change behaviour of citizens to use, produce and validate bio-based products in contrary to current use of fossil-based products.

WP3 will analyse CE bioeconomy policy measures, develop strategy and action plan, propose and mainstreams effective bioeconomy measures within Common Agriculture Policy 2023-2030 (CAP).

Project will develop:

- Intersectoral cooperation procedures for transnational bioeconomy value chain design;

- Protocol for human-centred valitation of bioeconomy products;

- Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan with proposed measures for CAP.

Outputs will result in new transnational bioeconomy value chains, bioeconomy products validated by end users and bioeconomy measures integrated in policies of Eastern CE countries.

Durability of project results and lasting policy change will be ensured by high level policy partners and associated partners (6 national Ministries and 5 policy advisors to ministries).

Transnational cooperation is crucial because BIOECO-UP will complement BIOEAST Initiative with bioeconomy experiences from Austria & Italy and provide transnationally tested solutions including policy measures ready to be uptaken by Agriculture Ministries.


Read about the kick-off meeting in Hungary HERE.
Read about the project meeting in Nitra (October 2023) HERE.



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