Hannover - A large share of EU research and innovation funding will go to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) between industry and the European Commission in the future. This notably concerns the budget of the EU’s Horizon 2020 program, which succeeds the 7th framework program for research. Brussels’ hopes for bioeconomy are placed in the “PPP in biobased industries” which the EU Commissioner for Research must determine during the first half of 2013. Climate, environment and energy policy all play a major part in this multidisciplinary theme.
The European network FTP is spearheading this process, which should highlight the innovation potential and strategic issues and challenges facing Europe’s forestry, paper and wood industries, and serve to sustainably strengthen them and enhance their competitiveness. The EU has been encouraging industry for years to use technology platforms to develop strategies and concrete implementation ideas for individual sectors. Some two dozen such industry sector platforms have since been formed, including the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) and its various national FTP platforms.
The FTP was created in 2004 at the initiative of the three largest European forest-based sector interest groups: the European Confederation of woodworking industries (CEI-Bois), the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) and the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF), and quickly gained official recognition by the European Commission. All major industry, science and policy players are represented. The industry highlights at LIGNA how market participants from the various EU member states define sector-specific guidelines, and how the forest-based sector actively participates in shaping future EU incentive programs.
Moderator: Dr. Christian Patermann
10:00 a.m.: Arrival/registration
10:30 a.m.: Welcome and introduction to the topic
10:30 a.m.: Dr. Christian Patermann, European Commission Research Director, ret., Brussels
10:40 a.m.: Stephan Weil (tbc), Premier of the State of Lower Saxony, Hannover
10:50 a.m.: Horizon and Europe 2020
The European strategy
10:50 a.m. Michal Jarczynski, CEO of Arctic Paper, PL-Poznan and Chairman of the High Level Group of the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) Brussels
11:10 a.m. Pia Bucella, Director for Nature, Biodiversity & Land Use at the European Commission (Environment DG), Brussels
11:30 a.m. Bernd Lange, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for European Industrial Policy, Brussels
11:50 a.m.: Coffee break
The German strategy
12:10 p.m.: Ilse Aigner (tbc), German Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Berlin
12:30 p.m.: Hans-Michael Goldmann (tbc), Member of the German Bundestag and Chairman of the Committee for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Berlin
12:45 p.m.: Johannes Remmel, Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dusseldorf
1:00 p.m.: N.N., Minister of the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection for the State of Lower Saxony, Hannover or N.N., Minister of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and State Development for the State of Lower Saxony, Hannover
1:15 p.m.: Summary of the day and joint conclusion with light lunch
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