Brilian Policy Workshop: Seeds of Change in Rural Areas

febrero 8, 2024 admin Comments Off

As we have seen from recent protests in the Netherlands, Germany and France, European farmers face serious challenges to continue their activities, both from legislation but also market forces.

What role can a rural bioeconomy play in helping rural communities diversify and expand incomes?

How can we integrate rural economies into industrial activities to the mutual benefit of both sectors?

The workshop aims to address several crucial policy-related topics, including the utilization of rural feedstocks, integration of the rural economy into energy and industrial networks, development of new materials from agricultural feedstocks, training of agricultural labor and enterprises, and improving the availability of labor in areas with few young people, among others.


9:00 am – Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:30 am – Opening Presentation |David Newman, European Bioeconomy Bureau, Maider Gómez Palmero, CIRCE Technological Center & Ana Ruiz, Programme Officer, Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking

10:00 am – Cultivating Growth: Exploring Biomethane Industrial Partnerships for Sustainable Rural Development | Laure Baillargeon, Policy Officer, DG GROW’s Unit for Net-zero industries, sustainable and circular products

10:20 am – Impact of EU Legislative Agenda | Roberto Ferrigno, European Bioplastics

10:40 am – European Policy Perspectives | Greet Janssens-Maenhout, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC)

11:00 am – Coffee Break and Networking

11:30 am – Round Table ‘Unlocking Resources from Agricultural Produce and Wastes’ with Vanya Veras, Municipal Waste Europe; Joan Marc Simon, Zero Waste Europe; Rafael Basciano,  European Waste Management Association & Jenna Luchman, BASF | Moderated by David Newman, European Bioeconomy Bureau

1:00 – 2:00 pm – Lunch, Networking and Event Closure


Don’t miss out! 

 Free workshop
📅 March 13th
🕒 9:00h CET
📍 Av. Palmerston 3, 1st Floor, 1000 Brussels