Europe’s rescue plan for honeybee colonies. From an EU-wide ban on pesticide use to a long-term strategy for bee health

27 Sep 2013 12:00
27 Sep 2013 14:00

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) kindly invites you to a policy forum on “Europe’s rescue plan for honeybee colonies. From an EU-wide ban on pesticide use to a long-term strategy for bee health” on 27 September 2013 with:

  • Francesca Arena, Deputy Head of Unit E3 (Chemicals, contaminants, pesticides) at DG SANCO, European Commission
  • Marco Contiero, EU Policy Director on Agriculture, Greenpeace European Unit
  • Chair: Radostina Primova, Researcher Environment and Sustainable Development, Institute for European Studies

Bees have a crucial role in sustaining biodiversity and contributing to human health not only by producing honey and other food supplies but also by pollinating a wide range of crops and wild plants. The majority of food crops grown in EU countries depend on insect pollination, making bee health a high priority issue in EU agricultural and environmental policies.

Based on beekeepers’ reports about the unusual decrease in bee numbers and colony losses in Europe over the past decade and the risks identified by EFSA for honeybee populations, the European Commission adopted in May 2013 the first EU-wide ban on neonicotinoid pesticides associated with bee decline, followed by additional restrictions on the use of fipronil in July 2013.

Against this background, the policy forum aims to stimulate a lively discussion about Europe’s rescue plan for honeybee colonies and the long-term implications of the recently adopted legislation. What are the next steps of action? Will the two-year ban lead to a comprehensive long-term strategy to tackle the decline of Europe’s honeybee population? What future measures should be incorporated in this strategy? Will other countries, in particular the US, follow EU’s ban on bee-harming pesticides?

Please click here for the powerpoint presentations of Francesca Arena and Marco Contiero and for the report of the policy forum.

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Dr. Radostina Primova (Academic Coordinator)
Researcher Environment and Sustainable Development
Institute for European Studies

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Events Manager
Institute for European Studies