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From BBI JU to CBE JU

  1. 2012
    EU Bioeconomy Strategy

    European Commission adopted the first Bioeconomy Strategy, paving the way for a public-private partnership in the bio-based industries sector

  2. 10 July 2013
    European Commission proposal

    European Commission proposed a regulation establishing BBI JU

  3. 27 June 2014
    BBI JU established

    After the adoption by the Council of the EU, following consultation with the European Parliament, BBI JU was legally established, and the Governing Board was appointed

  4. 9 July 2014
    First call for proposals

    BBI JU launched its first call for project proposals, resulting in 10 projects launched the year after

  5. 2014
    Advisory bodies and interim Director

    Interim Executive Director Barend Verachtert was appointed, and the BBI JU Scientific Committee & States Representatives Group were established

  6. 1 October 2015
    First director

    Philippe Mengal was appointed Executive Director

  7. 26 October 2015
    Operational autonomy

    BBI JU gained operational autonomy

  8. 11 June 2015
    First project

    BBI JU signed its first project grant agreement

  9. 2015
    Second call for proposals

    BBI JU launched its second call for project proposals, resulting in 26 new grant agreements signed, growing the portfolio to 36 projects

  10. 2016
    Third all for proposals

    BBI JU launched its third call for project proposals, receiving 103 proposals. It resulted in 29 new grant agreements signed in 2017, expanding the number of projects to 65

  11. 2017
    Fourth call for proposals

    BBI JU launched its fourth call for project proposals. From the 149 submissions received, 17 became new projects, growing the number of projects to 82

  12. 7 December 2017
    First Stakeholder Forum

    First BBI JU Stakeholder Forum took place in Brussels, bringing together more than 600 participants

  13. 2018
    Fifth call for proposals

    BBI JU launched its fifth call for project proposals, receiving 144 proposals. BBI JU signed 19 new grant agreements, and the portfolio exceeded 100 projects

  14. 2019
    Sixth call for proposals

    BBI JU launched its sixth call for project proposals. From the 184 proposals received, 23 became projects, elevating the number of funded projects to 124

  15. 4 December 2019
    Second Stakeholder Forum

    Second BBI JU Stakeholder Forum held in Brussels, welcoming participants from 39 countries

  16. 2020
    Seventh call for proposals

    BBI JU launched its seventh and last call for project proposals, receiving a record number of 229 submissions. 18 new grant agreements were signed, growing the portfolio to 142 projects

  17. 30 November 2021
    CBE JU's first day

    Following the adoption by the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the EU, the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking was legally established. The new partnership has a more significant mandate and is the universal successor of BBI JU

  18. 2022
    CBE JU's first call for proposals

    CBE JU expects to launch its first call for proposals in the second or third quarter of 2022