Briefing 
 

Protecting bees and ensuring good quality honey 

Ideas on how to better protect bee health, eliminate honey counterfeiting and support EU beekeepers will be debated on Wednesday and put to the vote on Thursday.

The draft resolution calls for an effective, large-scale and long-term EU strategy to improve bee health, combat bee mortality and ensure bee repopulation. Financial support for beekeepers should be increased, in particular to deal with production losses and loss of bee colonies.


To ensure that imported honey meets high EU standards, border inspections and single market checks should be harmonised, all imported honey tested  and traceability requirements tightened. The EU Commission should also develop more effective laboratory testing procedures and provide for harsher penalties for offenders. Honey and bee products should be considered “sensitive” in trade talks with non-EU countries, MEPs are to suggest, or should even be completely excluded from negotiations. 


Background


Data on MS honey production & beekeepers here .


Some 600 000 EU beekeepers produce about 200,000 tonnes of honey per year, making it the world’s second biggest producer after China.


The biggest EU producers are Romania, Spain and Hungary, followed by Germany, Italy and Greece.


The EU imports about 200,000 tonnes, mainly from China, Ukraine, Argentina and Mexico.



Procedure Code: 2017/2115(INI)

Debate: Wednesday, 28 February

Vote: Thursday, 1 March

Procedure:  Non-legislative resolution

#bees #honey #beekeepers