The 2016 European Week of Bees and Pollination


Hosted by Mariya Gabriel, Member of European Parliament, Chair of the “Apiculture & Bee Health” Working Group of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development ».

With the support of Members of European Parliament : Alojz Peterle, Franc Bogovič, Mairead McGuinness, Michel Dantin, Marijana Petir, Marc Tarabella, Eric Andrieu, Julie Girling, Nathalie Griesbeck, Maria Noichl, Jean-Paul Denanot, Marco Zullo.

Co-organised with :

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

With the participation of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Since 2012, the European Week of Bees and Pollination takes place annually in the European Parliament offering the opportunity for representatives of the European institutions, national institutions, the beekeeping sector, farmers, animal health specialists, NGOs, scientists, and industry from fields related to bees and biodiversity to meet to exchange views, discuss the current challenges and formulate recommendations to be addressed to policy makers.

The European Week of Bees and Pollination aims at highlighting the vital role of pollination with regards to food security, nutrition, ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation, and to bring these topics closer to European citizens.

Bees and pollinators provide invaluable services for Europeans, but the question still remains: what are Europeans doing for bees? Taking stock of the latest elements of European research, such as the EFSA Statistical analysis on the EPILOBEE dataset and the IUCN European Red List of Bees, this high-level conference will draw attention to the needs and challenges for European policies on how to protect pollinators. The panels will also open up the discussion on issues such as the development of animal health solutions, beekeeping practices, the sustainable use of pesticides, the labelling of and traceability of hive products, and the evaluation of the new Common Agricultural Policy.