Working Groups have been established to consider specific matters of common interest within the Objectives of the Association under the authority of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors defines the mission statements and terms of references for each Working Group.
BIC Programming working group (PWG)
The PWG consists of all industry members and has as a prime task the development of the topics for the Annual Work Plans (AWPs). After approval by the BIC board and the BBI JU Governing Board, the AWPs will be published and a few months later launched as the annual calls of the BBI JU. A small Programming Core Team (PCT) prepares details of the topics for further discussion with the PWG. PCT membership is reviewed on an annual basis.
The PWG works with the associate members to increase the innovativeness level of the topics and ensure their ability to realise the strategic orientations of the bio-based industry in Europe.
The basis for the AWP topics is an annual Priority Paper, developed with input from industry and associate members, advisory bodies of the BBI JU and other relevant stakeholders. The topics therefore have the support and commitment of BIC’s industry members and are relevant to the bio-based industries sector as a whole.
The PWG also assists in updating the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SIRA) when needed.
BIC Public Affairs & Public Relations working group (PA-PR)
The Public Affairs & Public Relations working group (PA-PR WG) outlines the advocacy and communications strategy of BIC and engages with key bioeconomy stakeholders and decision-makers, aiming for a favourable political, legal, social and economic environment for bio-based industries in Europe.
BIC focuses its attention on mainstreaming the bioeconomy concept beyond the research and innovation policy and making the initiative a political priority, advocating for a coherent, flexible and stimulating policy environment for bio-based solutions.
BIC’s advocacy, communications and partnership-building activities ensure broad participation in the BBI JU Call for Proposals and help raise awareness and grow BIC’s membership.
Responses to consultations and position papers
In January 2015, BIC submitted comprehensive answers to questions on key regulatory and investment hurdles facing the EU bio-based industries, in response to a European Commission consultation on Framework Conditions for Sectoral Research and Innovation.
Supported by the European Bioeconomy Alliance, the BIC Board also sent a letter to President Juncker and key Commissioners urging them to acknowledge the important role of the bioeconomy in delivering an ambitious European Circular Economy.
BIC drafted a Position Paper on the Circular Economy Package, which was updated in November 2015. The paper called on EU policymakers to take account of a series of recommendations in the formulation of an ambitious circular economy strategy.
BIC also prepared a Fact sheet on Biorefineries (September 2016) and a paper outlining BIC’s Views on the Waste package (October 2016), including some key policy asks: (1) Ensure access to sustainable biomass; (2) Promote industrial symbiosis and boost secondary raw materials and (3) Promote bio-based packaging.
BIC is also founding member of the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA), a unique cross sector alliance dedicated to mainstreaming and realising the potential of the bioeconomy in Europe. With 11 other bioeconomy stakeholder organisations, BIC founded the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) on 4 February 2015. The European Bioeconomy Alliance focuses on advocating for a favourable and coherent policy and investment framework to build a competitive, dynamic and sustainable bioeconomy in Europe.