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To show the good and relevant results that European subsidies can yield, nine members of the European parliament presented a selection of high-profile projects in Brussel. Among these was the BIO-HArT bio-aromatics project, selected by Dutch EU representative Lambert van Nistelrooij. TNO's senior business developer Monique Wekking took the opportunity to draw attention to the challenges of biobased chemical innovation.
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On the initiative of Lambert van Nistelrooij (EPP/CDA), the nine MEPs put a great number of European projects in the spotlight with their ‘Let the Stars Shine’ project. Each selected a number of ‘showcase projects’ from their own country. In the third week of June, this led to a special exhibition in the European parliament in Brussels, showing how Europe matters in everyday life. Van Nistelrooij: “Many people have seen these EU roadside signs which say ‘this bridge is co-financed by the European Union’ or stuff like that. But in many research projects, including those in bio-based materials, the relevance of EU support is not on display. We want to change that, so we selected people that have ample experience with Europe and have realized a project with EU support. These are the stars we give the opportunity to shine!” As advocate of the biobased economy, Van Nistelrooij included BIO-HArT…