BIOEAST conference organized in Brussels

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The Science-Policy Forum on Advancing Research and Innovation in Central and Eastern Europe within the Framework of Sustainable Natural Resource Management, Food Systems Security, and Biomanufacturing Policy Development, organized within the framework of the Hungarian EU Presidency, in collaboration with the BIOEAST Initiative, was held at premises of the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union in Brussels on the 4th of July 2024.

The Forum successfully convened a high-level policy debate focusing on the potential role of Central and Eastern Europe within the overarching framework of European Strategic Autonomy, European Food System Security, and European Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing initiatives.  The primary aim was to engage all European Union member states in a comprehensive dialogue concerning research, innovation, and development priorities specifically tailored to Eastern Europe, encompassing the Western Balkans, Ukraine, and Moldova, with the overarching goal of fostering continent-wide benefits.

The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG RRD) in South East Europe (SEE) was represented at the forum by Ms. Bogdanka Gjorshoska, who had the opportunity to address the forum, speaking about the ongoing efforts of SWG RRD to foster regional cooperation in SEE, particularly in the Western Balkans. Ms. Gjorshoska presented the Jahorina Agenda 2024, conducted as a result of discussions held at the Agricultural Policy Forum 2024 and speak about the importance of introducing the agriculture and rural development in to the Berlin Process. She also reasserted the crucial importance of reinvigorating the EU integration process in the Western Balkans and SEE. As noted, this reinvigoration is essential for sustainably ensuring resource security and the valorization of agri-food and non-food biomass, highlighting the evident mutually beneficial opportunities.