In January, analysis reports of bioeconomy potential in Central and Eastern European (CEE) regions were delivered to the European Commission. The analyses of this confidential document are based on the publicly available deliverable “Key performance indicators to evaluate regional bioeconomies”. The aims of this document are to create a knowledge base for the development of a regional bioeconomy strategy and to assess policy frameworks linked to the field of bioeconomy in each region.
In this deliverable, the five CEE regions participating in POWER4BIO, Mazovia (Poland), South Bohemia (Czech Republic), Nitra (Slovakia), Lviv (Ukraine) and Southern Great Plains (Hungary) were addressed. In a SWOT analysis, the regions were evaluated against the following eight factors:
1. Availability and use of resources
2. Infrastructure and industrial factors
3. Research and innovation
4. Market/Economic aspects
5. Transition towards bioeconomy
6. Public and institutional support/Governance/Policy framework
8. Social and environmental aspects
Furthermore, key data has been collected and harmonised. A lot of information has already been generated by the regions themselves in other tasks of POWER4BIO. However, complementary data was still missing from the regions, for this reason existing tools were used to complement the information already available. To do this, a workshop was organised to explain and promote relevant tools. The event involved representatives of the five CEE regions and the rest of the POWER4BIO consortium. In the focus of this deliverable, the ESCSS-SAT tool was found to be the most useful. The information generated by this tool was used subsequently to complement the data for the final analysis of the deliverable.
The deliverable concludes with general statements, gaps and overlaps in each of the regions. Moreover, general statements complement the regional specificities as common need and challenges were spotted. All those elements will feed into the development of their respective new bioeconomy strategy to be developed at a later stage of POWER4BIO. Also, the need to evaluate a larger number of value chains in the search of a broaden scenario for the future was elaborated. This would increase the chances to diversify the bioeconomy potential and bring additional economical value to the overall regional GDP rates of these five CEE regions.