Keio University, Tokyo, 18 October 2019.
Speech at Keio University, Tokyo.
The recent revision of the EU bioeconomy strategy clearly signals the strong policy ambition for Europe’s renewable biological resources. The full deployment of the strategy will create and maintain many jobs in rural areas through the growing participation of primary producers in the bioeconomy value chain and diversification of economic activities. A sustainably-managed European bioeconomy will also make a significant contribution to the achievement of several of the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs). Excitingly, the bioeconomy has a special resonance for rural areas. This edition of the EAFRD projects brochure illustrates how the mainstreaming of the bioeconomy is being accelerated by rural development programmes (RDPs) around Europe, leading to the production of sustainable food and feed, innovative bio-based products, renewable energy and other services.
Officially launched today with a kick-off meeting, the new fruit and vegetable market observatory will provide greater transparency and short-term analysis to a key sector for European agriculture. Fruit and vegetables represent around 24% of the EU agricultural output value.