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Document selected : O-0119/2010

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O-0119/2010 (B7-0564/2010)

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Parliamentary questions
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1 September 2010

Question for oral answer O-0119/2010

to the Commission

Rule 115

Paolo De Castro

on behalf of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

  Subject: The situation in the beekeeping sector

 Answer in plenary 

The Commission report of 28 May 2010 on the implementation of Articles 105 et seq. of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 on measures improving the general conditions for the production and marketing of apiculture products (COM(2010)0267) highlights the usefulness of national apiculture programmes co-financed from the EU budget and their positive impact on the European beekeeping sector.

Still, there are concerns about the numerous challenges and problems faced by the European apiculture sector. EU beekeepers and other operators in the sector need to be able to plan their future activities, as the future of the policy after 2013 is uncertain.

The Commission is invited to answer the following questions:

1. How and when does the Commission intend to respond positively to the requests from both Member States and operators which are contained in the May 2010 report?

2. How will the earmarked EU funding be distributed among Member States between 2010 and 2012?

3. Current programmes will end in 2012: how will the Commission ensure that existing support for the apiculture sector is maintained and strengthened in the CAP after 2013?

4. Is the Commission prepared to include bee diseases in its veterinary policy, as requested by Parliament in its Resolution of 20 November 2008?

5. Given that Europe’s arable, fruit and vegetable crops depend on pollination by bees, will the Commission establish an action plan for tackling colony collapse disorder? Given that factors for colony collapse disorder include pesticides and, potentially, Bt toxin expression by GM crops, will the Commission ask the agro-chemical sector to fund more research in the area, and will it explore responsibilities for bee population collapses and subsequent loss of yields, in line with the polluter pays principle?

6. Does the Commission share Parliament’s conviction (resolutions of 20 November 2008 and 22 April 2004) that European apiculture should be supported in an even broader and more coherent manner using additional instruments in the future CAP (e.g. measures in favour of enhancing biodiversity, mitigating the effects of climate change, etc.)?

Tabled: 1.9.2010

Forwarded: 3.9.2010

Deadline for reply: 10.9.2010

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