Slovenia has not yet adopted a national bioeconomy strategy plan. Although the topic of circular economy and bioeconomy is included in several different national documents, such as:
- Resolution on the National Program on Strategic Directions for the Development of Slovenian Agriculture and Food "Our Food, Rural and Natural Resources from 2021"
At this point the bioeconomy topic in Slovenia is fragmented and it is covered by different ministries and is not yet centralized and led by one governmental institution. Currently this topic is partially covered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy.
Slovenia (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food) is one of the member countries in the “BIOEAST”, a central and eastern european initiative for knowledge-based agriculture, aquaculture and forestry in the bioeconomy. The “BIOEAST” initiative was founded by the countries of the Visegrád Group: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and joined by Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of Estonia, Romania and Slovenia. The initiative offers a shared strategic research and innovation framework towards sustainable economies in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. 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 signed 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 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 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 and
- viable rural areas: to develop an innovative, inclusive, climate-ready and inclusive growth model
The BIOEASTsUp is a project anchored on BIOEAST Bioeconomy in the field of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Forestry in the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEE) by 2030. This project is funded by the Horizon2020 programme and connects different government stakeholders within the 11 CEE countries accenting their respective national governments agendas, the agri-food sector, and support for the national bioeconomic strategies. The goal of the project is to be a global beknown catalyst for research and innovation, rural development and other policies advocating for bioeconomic development in the region by creating an enabling environment for intersectoral framework for sustainable deployment of biomass potential. In order to achieve the EU Circularity and Sustainability goal under the auspice of bioeconomy, BIOEASTsUP develops an open and inclusive platform which is community driven and aims at reaching a wider array of the community at the Member states level.
BIOEAST (2020): https://bioeast.eu/ (26.02.2020)
BIOEAST VISION (2020): https://bioeast.eu/vision/ (12.1.2021)
BIOEAST Initiative (2020): https://knowledge4policy.ec.europa.eu/publication/bioeast-initiative-%E2%80%93-central-eastern-european-initiative-knowledge-based-agriculture_en (12.1.2021)
BIOEASTsUP (2020): https://bioeast.eu/bioeastsup/ (12.1.2021)
European Commission (2020): https://ec.europa.eu/knowledge4policy/bioeconomy/country/slovenia_en (26.02.2020)