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Environment

Giving bees the place they deserve in the heart of the EU’s common agricultural policy

The EP Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development has finally approved the Honey Report, a study on the conditions facing European beekeepers and honey producers that has been the focus of my work for months.

The report enjoyed nearly full support in the expert committee. It’s quite rare, I noted shortly after the vote, that all parliamentary groups agree on a matter of such importance, and this vote clearly reflects a unity on the issue of protecting beekeepers and bees. As an MEP for Hungary, which is a major producer of honey, I understand how vital is this issue.

Beekeeping and…

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January 30, 2018

Europe

Fidesz MEP leads the Parliament in supporting bees and the beekeeping sector

The beekeeping sector remains an integral part of European agriculture and has become a source of income for over 500,000 EU citizens. While the value of honey production makes a modest contribution to GDP, the real importance of the sector far exceeds that output. Considering that 84 percent of plant species and 76 percent of Europe’s food production depend on pollination by bees, a more realistic estimate of the sector’s value puts it at 14.2 million EUR annually. Honey also plays a significant role in maintaining ecological balance and biological diversity. According to MEP Norbert Erdős (Fidesz) the importance…

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August 30, 2017