BEATLES Horizon Europe project (2022-2026) provided feedback to the EU consultation on co-creation of a transition pathway for a more resilient, sustainable and digital agri-food ecosystem, which expects to receive inputs until 19 September.
The update of the EU Industrial Strategy highlights the need to accelerate the green and digital transitions of the EU Industry. Among the various instruments, the Commission proposed to co-create, in partnership with industry, public authorities, social partners and other stakeholders, transition pathways for the different industrial ecosystems. This consultation is aimed to initiate the process of developing a transition pathway for the agri-food ecosystem.
The Commission services have prepared a staff working document to outline the main issues relevant for the ecosystem to serve as a basis for this transition pathway.
AEIDL is leading BEATLES Work Package 5 on transition through policy recommendations and tools. Blanca Casares, Policy Expert at AEIDL, coordinates the reply to the 35 questions in this consultation covering the sustainable competitiveness, as well as aspects of regulatory environment, innovation, investment, infrastructure, the social and internal market dimension (among others).
Through collaborative efforts, the aim is to co-create with all stakeholders of this ecosystem concrete actions that need to be taken to ensure resilience and achieve the green and digital transition. These efforts will build upon the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies, the European Green Deal, the SME and Industrial Strategies, the European Pillar of Social Rights, the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food business and Marketing Practices, the European Skills Agenda including the Pact for Skills and other workstreams both at EU and national level that cover the agri-food industrial ecosystems.
In addition to the survey, the Commission will organise targeted workshops with stakeholders based on the priority areas identified, in order to deepen the discussions towards finalising the agri-food ecosystem transition pathway by the end of 2023.
Author: Blanca Casares (AEIDL)