EU Bee Week starts today with scientific symposium


PRESS RELEASE

Louvain-La-Neuve, 26 June 2017

Bee Life, an NGO working for the future of pollinators and beekeepers, was proud to join EFSA, the EU Parliament, and many other partners, in Brussels for the scientific symposium “Collecting and Sharing Data on Bee Health: Towards a European Bee Partnership” that opened the European Bee Week.

From the 26 to the 28 of June the Bee Week will take place at the European Parliament. Hosted by MEP Mariya Gabriel, this year’s theme is “Bees and Biodiversity: New Cooperations”. The goal of the event it to open new avenues of cooperation between beekeepers, farmers and other stakeholders, at field, policy and scientific levels.

After an opening statement from Mariya Gabriel, today’s scientific symposium saw interventions from policy makers, scientists, beekeepers, NGOs and industry on how to build up an EU Bee Health Partnership.

130 people were in attendance, and with the agreement on the future launch of a European partnership and a renewed commitment to working together, the event showed great progress and a willingness to cooperate for the future achievement of this common project. This is a good step forward, but yet insufficient in the short-term to solve the current pollinator crisis.

Tomorrow’s events, co-organised by Bee Life, will include a workshop on bee-friendly cities, a conference of European and Mediterranean beekeepers, a forum for beekeepers and farmers, and a more light-hearted Discovery Night, where attendants will discover beekeeping products while savouring honey-based cocktails.

The Bee Week will close on Wednesday with the High Level Conference, which will feature statements from Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General of the Copa-Cogeca, and Barbara Pesce Monteiro, UN-UNDP Director in Brussels.

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