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Bio-Economy pilot highlighted in Commission report

Bio-Economy pilot highlighted in Commission report

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Vanguard Initiatives Bio-Economy pilot is in the spotlight in a recently published paper, by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, on the function and practices of the S3P on Agri-food. In addition to mentioning the bio-economy pilot, the report also provides insight into the commission’s recommendations to S3P thematic partnerships.

The Vanguard Initiative is highlighted in the newly published paper “Dynamics of Smart Specialisation Agri-food Trans-Regional Cooperation” by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. The paper aims to inform relevant actors about the forming, governance and function of the Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-food.

The Vanguard Initiatives Bio-economy pilot is featured as one of the four existing partnerships within the S3P on Agri-food that has showed high levels of maturity. The demo-cases involving “Food & Feed from Agrofood Waste” and “Food and Feed Ingredients from Algae” are currently involved in the partnership. Furthermore, the Vanguard Initiatives method of learning, connecting, demonstration and commercialisation is acknowledged as the inspiration of the four general steps required to form a successful partnership within the thematic platforms.

The report also provides the Commission’s views on the function of the thematic platform, information valuable to fully understand the S3P on Agri-food. It is concluded that the S3P on Agri-food does not perform an overlapping or supportive function to other EU initiatives or platform. This is because its purpose, to provide advice and establish networks of actors to create an investment pipeline for projects in new growth areas linked to smart specialisations strategies, differs significantly from other EU initiated existing platforms. Thereby the platform offers a whole new support function for partnerships within the field.

In addition to previously mentioned features of the paper, it provides an understanding of how the Commission would like stakeholders to organise transregional partnerships. The recommendations include a full financial and political commitment from participating regions, mapping of regional strengths, a strive to involve stakeholder from all sector of society as well as having access to the adequate funding to manage and develop the partnerships.

Background on the S3P on Agri-food and other SP3s

The S3Ps are an effort by the European Commission to aid regions and member states to develop, implement and review their strategies for smart specialisation. The purpose of the S3Ps are to enable transnational cooperation projects and mutual learning as well as provide information and expert advice to decision makers. There are currently three different platforms focusing on Energy, Industrial modernisation and Agri-food.

The S3P on Agri-food was created in 2016 and performs the services mentioned above linked to partnerships in agriculture and the food. The platform currently supports four partnerships that are divided into different thematic areas; High Tech Farming, Traceability & Big Data, Bio-Economy and Smart sensor systems 4 agri-food. These partnerships are themselves divided into multiple subtopics focusing on specific issues.

For more information

Read the JRC report on S3P on Agri-Food here.