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The Bio-Based Industry Consortium (BIC), the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) and eight Polish regions have signed a Letter of Intent to develop new bioeconomy partnerships in the central and eastern Europe. This paves the way for regional actors to identify synergies between financial instruments and political frameworks to set up local bioeconomy value chains.
Editorial office / Poland

The Letter of Intent was signed by the Lodzkie Region, the Lubelskie Region, the Małopolska Region, the Mazowieckie Region, the Opole Region, the Pomeranian Region, the Wielkopolska Region, the West Pomeranian Region, the BBI JU and BIC at the European Bioeconomy Congress, 6-7 October 2016 in Lodz, alongside the Lodz Declaration of Bioregions.

All eight of the Polish signatories have selected the bioeconomy as a smart specialisation strategy (RIS3), ensuring limited resources are channelled into the sector they believe will provide the best opportunity for regional development. Philippe Mengal, BBI JU Executive Director stated: ‘The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking wants to be the catalyst for helping regions realise their potential for sustainable regeneration and growth, through concrete bioeconomy strategies and through synergies between national and regional funding and the BBI JU programme.’