Italian Bioeconomy Strategy

In October 2017, the governing body of Italy’s Development and Cohesion Plan (Cabina di Regia – FSC) approved the Italian Bioeconomy Strategy, which promotes “contamination” between economic activity and technological development domains of NSSS thematic areas such as “Health, Food and Life Quality” and “Sustainable and Smart Industry, Energy and Environment”. The related strategic plans were also approved – namely Agrifood* and Bio-based Industry**.

Additional ERDF resources from the NOP on Enterprises and Competitiveness were allocated to these two strategic plans following Cohesion Policy revised financial allocations for Italy, amounting to €650 million (including national co-financing).

Bioeconomy enables integrating environment, economy and society; therefore, it becomes the privileged ground for implementation of joint actions funded by the ERDF, ESF, EAFRD, and Italy’s FSC, also fostering synergies with ordinary national policy and programmes directly managed by the European Union, such as Horizon 2020.

Designing “bioeconomy calls for tender” challenges relevant Administrations to identify full potentials for coordination between available financial sources.

The Territorial Cohesion Agency, which participates in the NSSS implementation governance (governing body and monitoring committees of strategic plans), will support relevant Administrations in devising choices consistent with this vision.