EBA sent a letter to the European Parliamentary Members

We are pleased to inform you that the EBA has undertaken an initiative to raise awareness about the benefits of European honey among EU parliamentarians.

European honey stands not only as a symbol of our rich cultural heritage but also as a cornerstone of our agricultural economy, contributing significantly to biodiversity, environmental sustainability, and rural development.

In our effort to promote European honey, the EBA has provided comprehensive information to 648 EU parliamentarians, highlighting its nutritional value, economic importance, and role in preserving our natural heritage. We believe that by fostering greater appreciation for European honey, we can strengthen the resilience of our agricultural sector and promote sustainable consumption practices.

"Dear esteemed Member of the European Parliament,

I hope this message finds you well.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the European Beekeeping Association, a newly-formed unique organisation in Europe that advocates for the welfare of bees and in favour of environmental sustainability and biodiversity, on behalf of European beekeepers.

The European Beekeeping Association (EBA) was founded on February 10th, 2024, and is headquartered in Slovenia, close to the capital city of Ljubljana.

The main objectives of the European Beekeeping Association are:

1. Fighting against counterfeit honey in Europe by raising awareness on topics like product fraud, public health risks and threats to the activity of the authentic producers of honey - the beekeepers from European countries. In this sense, we are working towards the establishment of a common EU procedure for the detection of counterfeit honey and on establishing a reference European laboratory for honey. We will continuously promote all bee-products in the process.

2. Promoting the implementation of a unique set of EU financial measures aimed at enhancing the ecological balance, biological diversity and food production in Europe. One example could be incentives per beehive for European beekeepers, as support for the pollinating role of bees in the environment.

3. Developing strategies to protect the health and repopulation of bee colonies in Europe, through agro-ecological measures, all with the aim of reducing the mortality of bee colonies. Focused cooperation between beekeepers, farmers, veterinarians, lawmakers and other specialists will be based on the exchange of experiences and knowledge on topics related to spraying periods and other applications of insecticides and pesticides, disease prevention and control, and proper handling of medicines for bees, among others.

In the following article, you will discover the significance of honey production not only as a culinary delight but also as a key contributor to ecological balance and agricultural prosperity. Additionally, you will find out about the crucial mission and objectives of the newly formed European Beekeeping Association, aimed at safeguarding bee populations, promoting sustainable beekeeping practices, and fostering collaboration among stakeholders.

Your future support and constructive engagement with our initiatives will be invaluable to us, as we strive to protect our natural environment and ensure the continued health and vitality of bee populations. Together we can work to improve, in the end, European citizens' overall quality of life.

Please find the article attached and feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to know more about the European Beekeeping Association and our planned goals and activities.

Thank you for your attention and dedication to preserving our planet's biodiversity."

ATACHMENT ARTICLE (Published publicly on March 27, 2024: https://ebaeurope.eu/europeans-choose-european-honey/):

European Beekeeping Association

Head office: Brdo pri Lukovici 8, 1225 Lukovica, Slovenia