Valorisation of innovative bio-economical potentials along bio-based food & botanical extract value chains in the Alpine Space


Slovenia has not yet adopted a national bioeconomy strategy plan. It is part of “BIOEAST”, a central and eastern european initiative for knowledge-based agriculture, aquaculture and forestry in the bioeconomy.

“BIOEAST” stands for Central-Eastern European Initiative for Knowledge-based Agriculture, Aquaculture and Forestry in the Bioeconomy and was founded by the countries of the Visegrád Group: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia. Subsequently the countries Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia and Estonia joined. “BIOEAST” offers a shared strategic research and innovation framework towards sustainable economies in the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEE). On 26 November 2016, 7 countries committed to cooperate and to contribute to the development of the European Research Area in the bioeconomy sectors. On 9 May 2019, a Common Declaration of 11 countries was singed and endorsed. In the Common Declaration,  the countries expressed the willingness to work together, to present the common needs and proposals from the CEE macro-region’s countries, and to fill the gaps in the HORIZON 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 under the Societal Challenge Bioeconomy. Through the BIOEAST initiative, the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries set the vision for 2030 to develop knowledge and cooperation based circular bioeconomies, which helps to enhance their inclusive growth and to create new value-added jobs especially in rural areas, maintaining or even strengthening environmental sustainability.

The BIOEAST Initiative’s mission is to assist Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries to operationalise their vision for 2030 drawing on their potential and offering opportunities for:

  • A sustainable increase of biomass production: to become competitive and leading high quality food and feed producers worldwide
  • A circular (“zero waste”) processing of the available biomass: to become a key player in the development of new bio-based value chains
  • Viable rural areas: to develop an innovative, inclusive, climate-ready and inclusive growth model



BIOEAST (2020): URL: (26.02.2020)

European Commission (2020): URL: (26.02.2020)