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IP/10/1121

Brussels, 14 September 2010

Increase in the EU support for the beekeeping sector

The Commission today approved the national programmes of the 27 Member States to improve the production and marketing of apiculture products for the period 2011-2013. The EU contribution to the financing of the programmes has increased by almost 25% compared to the previous period (2008-2010), from € 26 million to € 32 million per year.

The health of the beekeeping sector is a sensitive issue given the fundamental role of bees for pollination. For several years the sector has been facing an unprecedented mortality of bees. This not only makes the economic situation difficult for beekeepers, but also poses a threat to biodiversity. The national programmes are currently the only tool available to partially offset the loss of bees. Member States have been satisfied with the benefits provided by these programmes and the positive effect of measures funded under national programmes on the sector is also widely recognized by the beekeepers.

Against this background the Commission decided to increase the overall annual budget allocated for the co-financing of the national programmes to € 32 million per year for 2011, 2012 and 2013, compared to the level of EU co-financing that was available during the period 2008-2010 (€ 26 million). This will increase the effectiveness of the programmes and demonstrate the proactive approach of the Commission towards resolving the problems of a highly sensitive sector.

All Member States have communicated their national beekeeping programmes to the Commission. The programmes relate to different measures: Control of varroasis, rationalisation of transhumance, support for laboratories, restocking of hives, applied research programmes and technical assistance. All 27 programmes are eligible for co-financing.

In annex: Number of beehives per Member State, and annual funding for programmes (EU contribution and total amount) per year.

Background

The Single CMO Regulation1 provides for financial support for the beekeeping industry. Each Member State has the option every three years to submit a national apiculture programme to improve the conditions of production and marketing of apiculture products, including a study on the structure of the sector. For the next period (2011-2013), all Member States have expressed interest in these programmes.

MS. 

 

Beehives

Financing of national programmes– in €

Number

%

2011

2012

2013

Total: (MS+EU)

EU co-financing

Total: (MS+EU)

EU co-financing

Total: (MS+EU)

EU co-financing

BE

112.000

0,801

571.800

285.900

571.800

285.900

571.800

285.900

BG

617.420

4,415

3.773.392

1.675.424

3.827.078

1.670.033

3.663.463

1.662.376

CZ

497.946

3,561

2.500.000

1.250.000

2.575.758

1.287.879

2.632.576

1.316.288

DK

170.000

1,216

357.858

178.929

340.657

170.329

365.115

182.557

DE

711.913

5,091

3.022.300

1.511.150

3.022.300

1.511.150

3.022.300

1.511.150

EE

24.800

0,177

99.191

49.595

99.191

49.595

99.191

49.595

EL

1.502.239

10,742

5.600.000

2.800.000

5.600.000

2.800.000

5.600.000

2.800.000

ES

2.459.373

17,586

11.000.000

5.500.000

11.000.000

5.500.000

11.000.000

5.500.000

FR

1.338.650

9,572

5.500.000

2.750.000

5.500.000

2.750.000

5.500.000

2.750.000

IE

24.000

0,172

100.000

50.000

100.000

50.000

100.000

50.000

IT

1.127.836

8,065

7.728.265

3.060.484

7.820.761

3.050.635

7.866.258

3.036.648

CY

43.975

0,314

233.000

116.500

233.000

116.500

233.000

116.500

LV

64.133

0,459

270.192

135.096

270.192

135.096

270.192

135.096

LT

117.977

0,844

1.158.480

320.141

1.158.480

319.111

1.158.480

317.648

LU

8.171

0,058

45.600

22.173

45.600

22.101

45.600

22.000

HU

900.000

6,435

4.020.000

2.010.000

4.020.000

2.010.000

4.020.000

2.010.000

MT

2.722

0,019

13.974

6.987

13.974

6.987

13.974

6.987

NL

80.000

0,572

334.200

167.100

341.938

170.969

354.646

177.323

AT

367.583

2,628

1.500.000

750.000

1.500.000

750.000

1.500.000

750.000

PL

1.123.356

8,033

5.030.000

2.515.000

5.030.000

2.515.000

5.030.000

2.515.000

PT

562.557

4,023

2.517.000

1.258.500

2.517.000

1.258.500

2.517.000

1.258.500

RO

1.280.000

9,153

8.065.570

3.473.395

9.813.679

3.462.218

10.886.824

3.446.343

SI

142.751

1,021

889.500

387.368

889.500

386.121

889.500

384.351

SK

235.689

1,685

2.000.000

639.563

2.000.000

637.505

2.000.000

634.582

FI

46.000

0,329

200.686

100.343

200.826

100.413

201.191

100.596

SE

150.000

1,073

485.659

242.829

485.659

242.829

485.659

242.829

UK

274.000

1,959

1.790.738

743.523

1.790.738

741.131

1.790.738

737.733

TOTAL

13.985.091

100%

68.807.404

32.000.001

70.768.130

32.000.001

71.817.505

32.000.001

1 :

Council Regulation (EC) 1234/2007 of 16 November 2007 – Articles 107 to 109


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