Mariya Gabriel - until July 2017

Bulgaria
EPP, LIBE/AFET Committees

Priorities:

  • Raise awareness on the monitoring of bee mortality which is a multi-factorial issue;
  • Raise awareness about the specific role of apiculture and beekeepers in the conservation of biodiversity for all agricultural sectors, for the European economy and for Europeans’ health;
  • Encourage research, expertise and innovation to ensure better bee and pollinator health and to develop sustainable agricultural models;
  • Clearly establish the link between policies impacting the beekeeping sector, the honey market and the consequences on pollination and biodiversity conservation;
  • Promote dialogue to try and develop common solutions for bee mortality between all involved actors – beekeepers, farmers, industries, scientists, EU policy-makers;
  • Encourage the enhancement of  EU surveillance systems on bee mortality;
  • Promote exchange of best practices between Member States and promote coordination of National policies and programmes especially in cross-border regions;
  • Monitor the effects of the new CAP on the beekeeping sector and on bee health;
  • Follow-up on the discussion on the effects of the EU restriction on the use of certain neonicotinoid pesticides;
  • Keep apiculture and bee health high on the EU agenda.

 

“What is the main goal you would like to achieve as Vice-Chair of the EP Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development?”

As Vice-Chair of the EP Intergroup, in charge of the working group on Apiculture and Bee health, my main goal will be to keep the beekeeping sector and bee health high on the EU agenda. Beekeeping is not a simple agricultural sector among others; it is a sector on which our agriculture, our food and therefore our health and children’s health depend. Bees are also very good indicators of the quality of the environment in which they operate. Bee health and biodiversity conservation are closely intertwined. The proper functioning of the food chain and ultimately the health and quality of life of Europeans will depend on this balance.

This is why the EP intergroup is a good platform to continue raising awareness on apiculture and bee health among EU institutions, political leaders and citizens in order to come with concrete, realistic, comprehensive and sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by the sector.

“If you had to choose one specific issue that you think needs to be primarily tackled during this parliamentary term, what would it be? And why?”

During this term, we need to take stock on the work we did in the EP last years, together with other important partners: identify different parameters, different stakeholders to be involved in seeking solutions to the decline in bee populations and to preserve the quality of European agriculture and food. What we need to achieve now is not only to give visibility to apiculture and bee health issues, but also to give them their actual horizontal dimension across EU policies. We also have to promote innovative and realistic solutions, to create synergies between actors, and to facilitate the exchange of best practices among beekeepers from different member states.