GREET CE at GZS Chemical Industry Association Event

GREET CE at GZS Chemical Industry Association Event

On June 3, 2024, an event organized by the National Bioeconomy Hub, which focuses on navigating European and Slovenian funding opportunities to promote circular innovations and projects. This event was a collaborative effort involving the Chemical Industry Association of GZS, Circular Change, and Anteja ECG. The event was attended by GREET CE project coordinator, KSSENA from Velenje, and project partner, GZS ZGIGM. During the event, GZS ZGIGM representative introduced the GREET CE project and presented our ongoing initiatives-online survey. We also took the opportunity to engage participants during the breaks by sharing our GREET CE survey. This survey aims to gather valuable insights and support for innovative companies looking to enhance their products and services. We invite your company again, to participate and tell us more about your needs: GREET CE Survey.

Event Highlights:

Date: June 3, 2024
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Center for Business Training (CPU), Kardeljeva ploščad 27a, Ljubljana, Sava Hall

  • 11:00 – 11:30: Registration and coffee
  • 11:30 – 11:35: Opening remarks by Vesna Nahtigal, General Director of GZS
  • 11:35 – 11:45: State of bioeconomy in Slovenia by Mag. Ervin Kosi, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Food
  • 11:45 – 12:05: Presentation of tripartite collaboration within the Bioeconomy Hub in Slovenia by Circular Change, GZS Chemical Industry Association, and Anteja ECG
  • 12:05 – 13:05: CBE JU Info Day: CBE JU Calls for 2024 by Virginia Puzzolo, CBE JU
  • 13:05 – 14:00: Break, GREET CE survey and networking
  • 14:00 – 14:30: Presentation of Slovenian Cohesion Funds for Bioeconomy by Katja Bučan, GZS
  • 14:30 – 14:45: Presentation of B2B networking tool for the bioeconomy sector by Anteja ECG
  • 14:45 – 15:00: Presentation of good practices in bioeconomy by Giorgio Mirri, AquafilSLO and Lea Lavrič, Koto
  • 15:00 – 15:45: Panel discussion on promoting circular projects in the bioeconomy sector with:
    • Mateja Dermastia, Anteja ECG
    • Luka Juvančič, Biotechnical Faculty
    • Blaž Likozar, National Institute of Chemistry
    • Ladeja Godina Košir, Circular Change
    • Giorgio Mirri, AquafilSLO
    • Lea Lavrič, Koto
  • 15:45 – 16:00: Conclusions

Ongoing Engagement and Support:

Concurrently with the online survey as part of Work Package 2, GREET CE is conducting individual discussions with promising and innovative companies. These discussions aim to explore tailored support and opportunities that the GREET CE project can offer, enhancing the project’s impact and relevance to participants’ needs.

Future Engagements:

The project consortium is excited to announce that similar events will be held in other partner countries. Stakeholders are encouraged to stay updated with our event calendar available at: GREET CE Events

Are you looking for an informational, supportive, or collaborative network to develop an innovative product? We can help!

Our project provides free support to businesses through the I3 mechanism of the GREET CE (Green Transition in Central Europe) project. This support focuses on building new international consortia for project applications that address EU’s development goals in sustainability and the circular economy. The primary objective is to enhance your company’s growth capabilities within transnational value chains, whether through EU program grants, development funds, private investors (such as crowdfunding and venture capital), or other non-financial measures (such as connecting with relevant customers or strategic partners for business expansion).

Internationalisation and circular public procurementopportunities for SMEs

Internationalisation and circular public procurementopportunities for SMEs

Nearly 100 participants from 11 countries gathered for the P2GREEN EST project conference. They gained insights on the European Circular Economy Stakeholders Platform, circular procurement, and the importance of collaboration and stakeholder engagement. Attendees also explored the waste, water, and energy sectors in Moldova and Serbia, discovering investment opportunities and public procurement possibilities.

Networking was in full swing, with participants meeting potential business partners and discussing exciting projects like GREET CE. Key topics included biomass-based value chain development, novel biomass technologies, and automation solutions in the food, energy, and construction sectors.

Greet CE presented the project, alongside the I3 programme and coordinated one of the group workshops, focusing on opportunities and challenges of the green transition.

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GREET CE 2nd Partnership Meeting: Advancing Sustainable Innovation

GREET CE 2nd Partnership Meeting: Advancing Sustainable Innovation

We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the 2nd partnership meeting of the GREET CE project, held on May 22-23, 2024, in Brasov, Romania. This crucial gathering brought together representatives from various partner organizations to discuss and advance the implementation of our ambitious project aimed at fostering sustainable innovation across Central Europe.

Agenda and Key Discussions

Day 1: May 22, 2024

Venue: Kolping Hotel, Brasov, Romania


  • Welcome and introduction
  • Thematic implementation (KSSENA)
  • Financial management (KSSENA)
  • WP1 Project management and coordination (KSSENA)
  • WP2 Industry, domain, value-chain research and analysis, WP validation (EIHP)
  • WP3 Interregional value-chains and regional policy development, communication and dissemination (CCIS)
  • WP4 Analysis and capacity building for investment project preparation and marketing (FV)
  • Discussion and conclusions (all)


  • Project inception report
  • Project reporting (First project progress report)
  • Project website
  • Stakeholder outreach
  • P2GreenEST conference
  • Project meetings planning 2024
  • Implementation plan (next steps)
  • Meeting conclusions and wrap-

Participants: The following partners attended in person:

  1. Zsuzsa Lakatos (Falcon-Vision)
  2. Tamás Solymosi (Falcon-Vision)
  3. Daniel Ács (Bioeconomy cluster)
  4. Martin Jamrich (Bioeconomy cluster)
  5. Dominika Grodkowska (MAE)
  6. Željka Fištrek (EIHP)
  7. Niko Natek (KSSENA)
  8. Gregor Ficko (GZS)

The rest of the partners attended online. The 2nd partnership meeting marked a significant milestone in the GREET CE project, underscoring our commitment to fostering sustainable innovation and enhancing regional capacities. We look forward to further fruitful collaborations and impactful outcomes as we continue our journey towards a greener and more sustainable future.

Update from GREET CE: Second Project Partner Meeting Set for May 2024 in the Heart of Romania!

Update from GREET CE: Second Project Partner Meeting Set for May 2024 in the Heart of Romania!

The GREET CE project is thrilled to announce its second Project Partner Meeting, taking place on May 22nd and 23rd, 2024, in the historic city of Brasov, Romania. This crucial gathering, organized by our esteemed partner ASOCIATIA GREEN ENERGY, promises to be a pivotal moment in our journey towards fostering a circular transition in Central Europe.

Why Brasov?

Nestled in the heart of Romania, Brasov is a city where tradition meets modernity. Known for its gothic spires, medieval gateways, and vibrant cultural scene, Brasov stands as a beacon of innovation amidst the natural beauty of the Carpathian Mountains. It’s the perfect backdrop for discussions on sustainability and green transitions, reflecting the project’s commitment to harmonizing technological advancements with environmental stewardship.

Event Host:

The meeting is graciously hosted by ASOCIATIA GREEN ENERGY, a key player in Romania’s sustainability sector. Their leadership in organizing this event underscores the collaborative spirit of the GREET CE project and their dedication to advancing green and digital transitions in the region.

Meeting Agenda Highlights:

Day 1: Project discussions focusing on progress updates and strategic planning for future initiatives, followed by a networking dinner in Brasov’s city center.

Day 2: A conference on “Internationalisation and Circular Public Procurement Opportunities for SMEs,” featuring insights from the P2GreenEST project’s closing event. The day will also include an outreach session with SMEs and intermediaries, exploring interregional value chain development and synergies with other significant projects like FIT Digital Innovation Hub, REHEATEAST, RURALBIOUP, and CEE2ACT.

First- Kick off partner meeting in Velenje, Slovenia november 2023

First- Kick off partner meeting in Velenje, Slovenia november 2023

Calling all stakeholders interested in sustainable innovation!
We’re thrilled to share updates from the inaugural two-day meeting of GREET CE project partners. 🌍

Here’s a snapshot of what went down during our dynamic session:
🌿 Project Overview: GREET CE, funded through the EU I3 Instrument, aims to enhance regional innovation ecosystems across Central Europe. Our consortium of eight partners from six countries discussed strategies to boost the bioeconomy’s capacity, particularly for SMEs in less developed regions.
📊 Objectives: We’re committed to stimulating investments, fostering cross-sectoral collaborations, and improving policies to propel sustainable innovation forward.
🤝 Collaboration: Through a multidisciplinary approach, we’re uniting to unleash the full potential of the bioeconomy and create impactful change in our regions.
🎯 Key Focus Areas: Our discussions revolved around promoting green transition, exploring circular economy opportunities, and enhancing value chains in bioeconomy, especially in sectors such as energy, construction, agriculture and more.
📈 Impact: By harnessing innovative methodologies and collaboration, we aim to revolutionize regional development, spur investments in SMEs, and drive sustainable growth.
Join us on this transformative journey towards a greener, more resilient future! Together, we can make a difference. 💚

🗓️ Date: November 29th – 30th, 2023
📍 Location: Velenje, Slovenia
🏠 At: Vila Bianca (Stari trg 3, 3320 Velenje)

GREET CE consortium (8 full partners and 21 associates) is proud to be a member of a group with 34 projects supported by I3 Instrument programme.

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