BIO Deutschland joins the European Biosolutions Coalition

Front row, left to right: Sofie Carsten Nielsen (Danish Industry), Christine Lang and Viola Bronsema (BIO Deutschland). Back row, left to right: Susanne Hyldelund (Denmark’s Ambassador to Germany) and Cay Horstmann (BIO Deutschland) © BIO Deutschland

At the beginning of the year, BIO Deutschland became a member of the European Biosolutions Coalition. The Coalition is an initiative launched by the business and employers’ organisation Danish Industry (DI) and already counts as members a number of industrial organisations from other European countries. These members represent businesses engaged in industrial biotechnology in Europe.

Against the backdrop of the current crises in the areas of climate, biodiversity and food security, the Coalition aims to raise the profile of industrial biotechnology – also called “biosolutions” – on the European agenda and to improve the regulatory framework for this sector. It strives to establish a common understanding and a common language for biosolutions, and its target audience includes policymakers and government institutions at the European and national level as well as the general public.

The Coalition is presently focusing on the (non-legislative) Biotech and Biomanufacturing Initiative, which is one of the key priorities of the European Commission’s work programme for the first quarter of 2024.

BIO Deutschland formally joined the Coalition by signing a letter of intent. In the presence of Denmark’s Ambassador to Germany and a Danish embassy representative, Viola Bronsema and Christine Lang signed on behalf of BIO Deutschland in their respective roles as Managing Director and Chair of the Working Group on the Industrial Bioeconomy. The Coalition’s Director, Sofie Carsten Nielsen, signed on behalf of her organisation.

The Coalition is currently preparing a manifesto and policy recommendations, which it will present to the European Commission at the European High-Level Summit on Biosolutions on 21 February 2024.

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