Miapetra KUMPULA-NATRI

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri

Finland
S&D, ITRE/EMPL Committees

Priorities:

  • Communicate on the benefits of the bioeconomy and address the multisectoral dimensions;
  • Promote the sustainable production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, materials, chemicals and bioenergy through efficient and innovative technologies;
  • Make use of Europe’s untapped biomass and wastes as feedstock to make fossil-free and greener products;
  • Optimise land-use and food security through sustainable, resource-efficient and largely waste-free utilisation of Europe’s renewable raw materials;
  • Boost the competitiveness of rural areas of Europe, thus contributing to growth and jobs;
  • Emphasise biodiversity and ecosystems as the basis for the biobased economy;
  • Address the multisectoral dimensions of the bioeconomy;
  • Explore measures to boost the development of the European bioeconomy;
  • Explore available synergies between European, national and regional sources of funding as a means to attract investments in Europe;
  • Promote the move to sustainable processing systems with less environmental impact and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

 

“What is the main goal you would like to achieve as Vice-Chair of the EP Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development?”

Bioeconomy is an indispensable part of sustainable and climate-friendly economy. It offers significant opportunities for innovations, economic growth, jobs and investments. While bioeconomy is about new ideas, solutions and innovations, we should not forget that it is also possibilities invented but not fully used yet. Bioeconomy is future but we should speed up. Through the platform created by the intergroup, it is possible to bring together the experts, innovators, officials and politicians who are inspired by the opportunities of a sustainable economic system. My goal is to identify the immediate actions and long-term prospects to drive bioeconomy forward.

“If you had to choose one specific issue that you think needs to be primarily tackled during this parliamentary term, what would it be? And why?”

We should grasp the opportunities identified by the 2012 European Bioeconomy strategy. Furthermore, we must ensure that bioeconomy has a strong role in EU and the policies driven by the new Commission should be coherent whether they are related to matters such as investment, growth and jobs, research, the circular economy and the energy union.