The Flemish policy framework
In 2013 the Flemish government decided on a vision and strategy for the bioeconomy. The vision and strategy was developed in cooperation with several and is translated into five major strategic goals:
- The development of a coherent Flemish policy that supports and facilitates a sustainable bioeconomy
- To put Flanders at the top for education and training and research and innovation in future-oriented bioeconomy clusters
- Biomass is optimally and sustainably produced and used across the entire valuechain
- Strengthening of markets and competitiveness of bioeconomic sectors in Flanders
- Flanders is a key partner within European and international joint ventures
The Interdepartmental Working Group for the Bioeconomy
The bioeconomy applies by definition at cross-sector, cross-policy and cross-border level. Such a complex concept demands a long-term vision, supported by the entire Flemish government. For this reason, in 2012 the Interdepartmental Working Group for the Bioeconomy (IWG BE) was set up.
Over the past year the Departments of Economy, Science & Innovation (EWI), Agriculture & Fisheries (LV), Environment, Nature & Energy (LNE), Work& Social Economy (WSE) and Education & Training (OV), together with their agencies VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research), ILVO (Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research), OVAM (Public Waste Agency of Flanders), VEA (Flemish Energy Agency), ANB (Agency for Nature and Forests in Flanders), VMM (Flemish Environment Agency), VLM (Flemish Land Agency), VDAB (Flemish Employment and Vocational Training Service), IWT (Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology) and Enterprise Flanders.