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The #Industry4Europe coalition, coordinated by UNIFE, the European Rail Industry, gathers European industrial associations that are ready to step up their cooperation with the European institutions to discuss and implement an impactful European industrial strategy that will help safeguard the world leadership of European manufacturers and jobs in Europe.

Following the adoption of a first Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy in February 2017, the coalition of associations has developed a more detailed Joint Paperin reaction to the Communication on “Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry: a renewed Industrial Strategy for Europe” published by the European Commission in September 2017. The recommendations of the #Industry4Europe coalition touch upon major policy fields, including business-friendly environment and governance, skills & training, research and innovation, access to finance, internal market as well as trade and international market access.

In April 2018 the coalition published the Joint paper ‘Indicators for an ambitious EU industrial strategy’ which propose a short list of indicators that can be used to both assess the health of the European industry and monitor the progress made by the EU on the implementation of its industrial strategy.

The #Industry4Europe Joint Paper on “A Governance Structure for an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy”, was published in July 2018. This Joint Paper aims at proposing a governance structure which enables the implementation of an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy, based on an informed dialogue between the industry, decision-makers at EU, national, regional and local levels and the Civil Society.

European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA)

With 11 other bioeconomy stakeholder organisations, BIC founded the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) on 4 February 2015.

The European Bioeconomy Alliance is a unique cross sector alliance dedicated to mainstreaming and realising the potential of the bioeconomy in Europe, with a common vision:

  • The production and use of renewable resources as feedstock for making innovative, value-added everyday products and materials
  • The commitment to maximise the unused potential of European renewable resources to encourage the production of bio-based products and materials “Made in Europe”
  • Resource efficiency and sustainability as driving business principles 

The Alliance focuses on advocating for a favourable and coherent policy and investment framework to build a competitive, dynamic and sustainable bioeconomy in Europe.

The Alliance’s mission is to lead the transition towards a post-petroleum society. Recognising that the bioeconomy is still a relatively new political, economic and social concept, the Alliance will strive to:

  • Raise EU, national and regional leaders’ awareness on the benefits of the bioeconomy and bio-based industries
  • Make the bioeconomy mainstream above and beyond the research and innovation policy
  • Mobilise and engage stakeholders to realise the European bioeconomy potential
  • Advocate for a coherent, flexible and stimulating policy environment for bio-based solutions.

The EUBA worked with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to set up a Working Group on Bioeconomy in the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.

Alliance members are:
BIC - Bio-based Industries Consortium | CEFS - European Association of Sugar Producers | CEPF - Confederation of European Forest Owners | CEPI - Confederation of European Paper Industries | COPA - COGECA - European Farmers and European agri-cooperatives | ePURE - European Renewable Ethanol Producers Association | EuropaBio - The European Association for Bioindustries | EUBP - European Bioplastics | FEDIOL - The EU Vegetable Oil & Proteinmeal Industry | FTP - Forest-based Sector Technology Platform | PFP - Primary Food Processors | Starch Europe - European Starch Industry Association

European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI)

The European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) was launched by the European Commission in 2012. It aims to foster a competitive and sustainable agriculture and forestry sector that "achieves more from less". It contributes to ensuring a steady supply of food, feed and biomaterials, and to the sustainable management of the essential natural resources on which farming and forestry depend, working in harmony with the environment. To achieve this aim, the EIP-AGRI brings together innovation actors (farmers, advisors, researchers, businesses, NGOs, etc) and helps to build bridges between research and practice.

The European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN) signed on 20 November 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the bioeconomy at regional, national and European level. The bioeconomy, and the creation of bio-based industrial value chains through the Public-Private Partnership on Bio-based Industries (BBI), can significantly contribute to our sustainable growth and jobs strategies.


ERRIN is a platform of Research and Innovation Organisations and Stakeholders in Regions. ERRIN aims to strengthen regional Research and Innovation capacities by exchanging information, sharing best practice, supporting European project development, policy shaping and profile raising by working together with a partnership approach.

Vanguard Initiative

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and the Vanguard Initiative have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for better interregional cooperation on the bioeconomy.

The collaboration will support improved access to funding and awareness-raising activities, marrying BIC’s bioeconomy expertise with the Vanguard Initiative’s regional network to help steer Europe away from its fossil-based past and develop new products and new markets, and as such, create new jobs.

More info about Vanguard Initiative

The Vanguard Initiative new growth through smart specialisation is driven by a political commitment made by regions to use their smart specialisation strategy to boost new growth through bottom-up entrepreneurial innovation and industrial renewal in European priority areas. The Bio-Economy pilot project concerns the implementation of synergies in new bio-based value chains across regions based on their smart specialisations.