The Commission to launch the bioeconomy observatory in March 2013

22 February 2013

The European Commission will establish an observatory to map progress and measure the impact of the development of the European Union’s bioeconomy. The observatory will gather data to follow the evolution of markets, to map EU, national and regional bioeconomy policies, research and innovation capacities, and the scale of related public and private investments. The observatory will be coordinated by the Joint Research Centre, the Commission’s in-house science service.

The observatory, which is a three year project, will start in March 2013 with the aim of making the data it will collect publicly available through a dedicated web portal in 2014. In this way, the observatory will support the regional and national bioeconomy strategies now being developed by EU Member States.

As well as providing data on the size of the bioeconomy and its constituent sectors the observatory should track a number of performance measures, including economic and employment indicators, innovation indicators, and measures of productivity, social wellbeing and environmental quality. It will also provide a “technology watch” and “policy watch”, to follow the development of science and technology as well of policies related to the bioeconomy.

Read the announcement by the European Commission.