The 2018 European Week of Bees and Pollination



Hosted by Michel Dantin MEP, Chair of the “Apiculture & Bee Health” working group of the EP Intergroup “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development »

and MEPs Mairead McGuinness, Marijana Petir, Nathalie Griesbeck, Frederique Ries, John Procter

Co-organised with :

  • The Biodiversity network for bees
  • Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech – Université de Liège
  • BeeOdiversity
  • BeeLife
  • Copa-Cogeca


Since 2012, the European Bee and Pollination Week is held every year in the European Parliament in Brussels. This meeting has become a must-attend event and brings together all stakeholders in the sector: European MPs, representatives of the Commission and European institutions, beekeepers, farmers, scientists, veterinarians, manufacturers, NGOs and citizens. Together, they exchange proposals with public authorities to promote a sustainable beekeeping chain capable of ensuring the sustainability of the valuable service of pollination and its consequences: ecosystem services, biodiversity, production and food security.

After recalling the original multifactorial approach of bee mortality observed throughout the world, after stressing the need for better collaboration between stakeholders through dialogue and mutual respect, the stakeholders historically involved in the European Bee and Pollination Week have called for the establishment of an operational technical platform to improve exchanges between beekeepers and scientists. The 2017 edition was marked by the willingness and commitment of EFSA to set up this platform. The first working groups was held to define the outlines and the priority. Since September, the platform is operational and driven by EFSA. The 2017 edition of the Bee Week also welcomed a delegation of beekeepers of the Mediterranean basin who enriched the discussions and draw the outlines of the new operations around the beekeeping chain.

2018 will bring change as I was elected as the new Chair of the Bee Week and the “Apiculture & Bee Health” working group, following Mariya Gabriel nomination to the European Commission. I take these new responsibilities with lots of enthusiasm and I am ready to open new horizons to support bees and pollinators.

The 7th edition of the Bee Week will focus on “What mobilisation of the agricultural community for Bees”.