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BEECOME Logodbib logoEuropean Congres BEECOME 2014
44. “Süddeutsche Berufs & Erwerbs Imkertage” in Donaueschingen
Friday 24 October, Saturday 25 October and Sunday 26 October 2014
Venue: Congres-Center “Donauhallen” in Donaueschingen
International Beekeeping Trade Show
Entrance fee for all 3 days:
Trade Show + Conference: 8,00 €

Preliminary Program

Moderator: Werner Bader, Bavarian Broadcast Company



Location: Donauhallen, Donaueschingen

14:00Workshop: „Energy Plants & Bees“ Protein Regional / Biogas and Biofuel with flowering plants

14:00Opening of the International Beekeeping Trade Show with more than 70 exhibitors



Conference BEECOME

Location: Donauhallen, Donaueschingen

09:00Report: „Task-Force on Systemic Pesticides“
Speaker: TFSP

10:00Beefriendly-Farming in Europe
Speaker: Walter Haefeker

11:00“European and international Honey market” Actual situation
Speaker: Karl-Rainer Koch

12:00“Honey and adulteration”,
Speaker: Gudrun Beckh, Prof. Schwarzinger

13:00Report: Bees & Politics in Europe - (Pesticide Regulation, GMOs and TTIP)
Speaker: Walter Haefeker

14:00“Breeding - Selection – Genetics” - Prof. Armbruster and his great lifework
Speaker: Christoph Graf, Imkerei Graf

15:00The methods of Brother Adam, Prof. Armbruster and Hans Beer
Speaker: Gerhard Moll, Härtsfelder Imkerschule

16:00Buckfast Bee – the Bee for Professionals
Speaker: Magnus Menges, Chairman of Gemeinschaft der europäischen Buckfastimker e.V.

17:00“The Bee Song” – Moderation Werner Bader
17.05 – 17.20 h - Warm Up with Music Group
17.20 – 17.45 h - Syncronisation - Public singing with Miss Mc Bee


17:45Presidents of DBIB & EPBA + Werner Bader sign the Application form for the Guinness Book of Records

18:00Presentation: “Schlossimkerei Tonndorf” Beekeeping in Bavaria
Speaker: Michael Grolm

19:30Report: Professional Beekeeping in New Zealand
Speaker: Wolfgang Stöckmann, Imkerei Stöckmann



Conference DBIB

Location: Donauhallen, Donaueschingen

09:00Speech of the President Manfred Hederer


09:30Grand Prix “Golden Bee Sting” and “ Silver Hive tool“


10:00Politics & Bees –Topic Nr. 1


11:00„Pathology and Virus of bees”
Speaker: Dr. Marianne Meixner, Bieneninstitut Kirchhain, LLH Hessen

12:00Varroa, research and practice
Speaker: n.n.


13:00“Moving Behives: Loading of the hives and Security”
Speaker: Landwirtschaftliche Berufsgenossenschaft


14:00Results of the workshop: „Energy Plants & Bees“ Protein Regional / Biogas and Biofuel with flowering plants
Speaker: Mathias Sauritz, Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V.

15:00Swarming and practice – how to manage this problem in large companies


16:00SWARMONITOR – Hive monitoring technology
Round table with professional beekeepers

Germany’s largest Beekeeping Trade Show with more than 70 exhibitors
inside Donauhallen, opening:

Friday 14:00 - 20:00 h
Saturday 09:00 – 18:00 h
Sunday 09:00 – 16:30 h
Inside the Donauhallen is provided throughout the event times for service.


Organisation: Imkerverein Donaueschingen. Accomodations & Room Reservation: Tourist-Information Donaueschingen.


CEMABrussels, 7 April 2014 – CEMA and EPBA have decided to explore opportunities for cooperation in training and innovation, with the aim of promoting the deployment and development of technical innovations that support bee-friendly farming practices.

The European Professional Beekeepers Association (EPBA) welcomes the chance to explore with the European Agricultural Machinery Association (CEMA) ways to share best practices and leverage new technologies that enable farmers to minimize the impact of farming operations on honeybees and other pollinators.

Both organizations will join forces to identify opportunities to promote bee-friendly farming methods and will recognize exemplary progress through an innovation award.

Both organizations agree that precision farming holds the promise to reduce the environmental footprint of agricultural production. For this reason, both organisations will provide training materials on how to use state-of-the-art agricultural machinery in beefriendly farming systems and to raise awareness of new technologies as they become available. In addition, CEMA and EPBA will aim to identify specifc areas in which innovation could further help to reduce pressure on bees.

Such areas may include minimizing pesticide use through more precise application technologies, the reduction of bee losses with the help of new mowing and harvesting techniques in certain crops, or the uptake of more advanced and precisely targeted weed and pest control measures.

CEMA and EPBA will also present this initiative to the European Commission's Directorate General for Research in order to explore synergies between funding directed towards research on bee health and research on precision farming, which have not been connected until now.

"CEMA is keenly aware of the need to protect pollinators in agriculture", said Gilles Dryancour, President of CEMA. "Our members are investing in research and development for the future of agriculture. Without any doubt, the future of agriculture depends on bees' health".

"The farm equipment manufacturers have already made a signifcant investment in precision farming and continue to innovate not only towards higher efciency", said Walter Haefeker, President of EPBA. "CEMA shows that innovation in agriculture is not limited to chemistry and biotechnology. In fact, the greatest contribution for a more sustainable future may very well come from members of CEMA leveraging the rapid technological advances to precisely target actions required to protect and cultivate crops."


About CEMA – European Agricultural Machinery

CEMA is the association representing the European agricultural machinery industry. With 10 national member associations, the CEMA network represents both large multinational companies as well as the numerous European SMEs active in this sector.

CEMA represents more than 4,500 manufacturers, generating an aggregated annual turnover of more than EUR 26 billion. 135,000 people are directly employed in the sector, with a further 125,000 people working in distribution and maintenance.


Dr Ulrich Adam
Secretary General
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CEMA - European Agricultural Machinery


About EPBA – European Professional Beekeepers Association

The European Professional Beekeepers Association (EPBA) is an association of beekeeping organisations of EU member states. With 15 national member associations, the EPBA represents most of the professional and semiprofessional beekeepers in Europe. EPBA also accepts members from affiliated non-EU countries.

The members of EPBA represent more than 200,000 beekeeping operations with approximately 6 million colonies.


Karl-Rainer Koch
Managing Director
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EPBA – European Professional Beekeepers Association



Phil McCabe from Ireland is the Commissioner responsible for the the European continent for Apimondia. He was kind enough to agree to hold a joint EPBA / Apimondia Europe Meeting during the the Congress in Kiev.

For this purpose the APIMONDIA executive meeting room was made available to us.

EPBA did become a member of APIMONDIA two years ago and is now works very closely with this world organization.

Phil McCabe welcomed the the delegations present and emphasized the excellent cooperation with EPBA . Members of the EPBA

were present from France (SNA and UNAF) , Germany ( DBIB ), Greece ( OMME ), Cyprus, Sweden , Poland ( PZP ), Hungary ( OMSE ), Austria (ÖEIB), Finnland, Estonia and Ireland

as the newest member. As guests were invited Etienne Bruneau (President of the COPA/COGECA Working Group on Honey) from Belgium and Francesco Panella (BEE LIFE European Beekeeping Coordination ) from Italy.

Also present were representatives from the Slovak Beekeeping Association, who applied for membership in EPBA.

During Apimondia we also received an application for membership from the Turkish beekeepers association. In our next general membership meeting we will vote on accepting the new members.

The Swedish delegation introduced its newly elected chairman of the board of the Swedish Beekeepers Association, Thomas Dahl.

EPBA President, Walter Haefeker reported briefly on his activities in Brussels and the pending issues and required actions.

The companies BASF and Syngenta have filed a lawsuit at the the European Court of Justice against the EU Commission in an effort to challenge the neonic ban, which is currently on track to come into force.

A number of NGOs now intend to join the case in support if the commission. Walter Haefeker proposed to investigate, if EPBA and or other beekeeping organizations should join the case as well in order to at least get access to the legal arguments presented by Bayer and Syngenta.

The present EPBA delegations were in favor of this approach.

EPBA General Manager Karl-Rainer Koch informed the about EPBA becoming a founding member of the now officially registered "BEE LIFE" - European Beekeeping Coordination.

2nd European Congress BEECOME in Belgium

The next important item discussed was the 2nd European Congress BEECOME in Belgium. It will take place from 9 - 11 November in Louvain-la-Neuve, which is located south-west of Brussels.

Cari is the organizer of BEECOME and is at the same time celebrating its 30 - year anniversary.

EPBA is going to be represented with a booth and is supporting the organizers by among other things hosting a round table discussion on biofuels and beekeeping.

General Meeting EPBA 2014 26. + 27. of february 2014

The time and place for the next Annual General Meeting EPBA was discussed and we are greatful, that the Polish Beekeepers Association invited us to Poland

( Pszccla Wola ) for the 26 + 27 February 2014.

Links: Beecome Congress: http://www.beecome.eu

2014 EPBA Meeting location: http://www.pszczelawola.edu.pl


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The European Professional Beekeepers Association held its annual general meeting this year in March, in Strasbourg. Delegations from over 11 beekeepers associations from 10 European Member States met there to discuss the current situation of beekeeping.
Delegations report there together on the situation in individual countries. Here is a short overview:

The current domestic honey consumption per capita has risen to 0.7 kg.
As sugar prices have risen dramatically, a government program runs for the procurement of beet sugar. The number of beekeepers in Hungary is increasing and reaches 1 million bee colonies. The prices of Hungarian acacia honey have increased enormously: by up to EUR 4.80 kg

Here, too, the number of new beekeepers is increasing easily. They are in 1 year 100 new beekeepers to come. A problem in recent years: the strong dry periods in the season.
Large losses are reported by beekeepers in the orange groves (¼ of the colonies) because it is often injected into the orange blossom. The honey prices are rising.

For Austria, the 2010 season was one of the worst in the last 30 years. Unfavorable weather conditions and a bad spring were the reason. Only the honeydew was sufficient. In Austria there are now problems with the neonicotinoids, mainly corn. Investigations of the project MELISSA confirm a link between the loss of bees and the neonicotinoids. But the authorities say that it is an acceptable risk.

The Last Winter 2010/2011 was very severe and the losses amounted to an average of 20%. There were also problems of varroa. Another problem is the aging of beekeepers: the average age of the Finnish Beekeepers is 60 years. The harvest in the summer of 2010 was good and was 48.5 kg per hive.
The number of bee colonies decreases with the dwindling number of beekeepers. The honey prices are rising due to scarcity of local honey is available.
For varroa treatment mainly organic acids, especially oxalic acid. Also biomechanical methods such as cutting the drone brood are practiced.
Finland is and will remain free of genetic engineering. The quality of food in Finland opportunities and not their price.

Sweden in 2010 records a good honey crop. Here, too, honey prices are rising. In the supermarkets there is even a honey-deficit. The winter losses were quite high, however, vary between 10% and 25%. In Sweden, there are no chemical varroa drugs. The beekeepers there need more education and practical training.

United Kingdom
In the United Kingdom united CONBA all national beekeeping organizations.
The last two winters were very bad. Last winter, the colony losses were 25%. The honey prices are stable and the number is rising. United Kingdom is a very important honey importer. Major problems are varroa resistances to drugs such as Apistan.
Right now, the number of new beekeepers in the UK is growing rapidly. There is therefore also a program to train new trainers ("train the trainer").

In Greece, the apiary is totally free from any government regulation. Anyone can keep his bees as he wants and as much as he wants.
There are over 5,000 professional beekeepers in full-time employment and more than 10,000 part-time beekeepers. There are still 10,000 amateur beekeepers.
The average honey production dropped from 30 kg / colony on day 15 kg / hive. This is due to problems with the neonicotinoids are used among other things in the cotton. In the cotton fields of the nations loss to rise to up to 40%. The Vice President of the Greek beekeepers organization OMSE lost himself in the last year 50% of its colonies.

In France, the number of young beekeepers also rises, above all, there are smaller apiaries. The colony losses amounted last year to 5% in the north and up to 40% in the south. The Asian hornet Vespa velutina is a major problem in the southwest. The honey harvest has declined in the last year to only 16,000 tons. This now gets to massive distortions of honey from around the world on the market, not only from China.

The situation of beekeeping in the Czech Republic is relatively stable at an international figure of 500,000. The bee density, however with 8 colonies/sqkm is surprisingly high. The bee losses in the last two years are limited. Varroa is combated with the active ingredient Amitraz. Honey production is 8,000 tons. As in the other countries the consumption of honey also increases. It is currently around 4.50 EUR per kg. One problem is the lack of Beekeeping practice. The neonicotinoids are not used here because the use for the farmers is too expensive.

The DBIB has recorded a significant increase in membership in 2010. The number of bee colonies in Germany however is decreasing. The number of young beekeepers increases. Still 80% of the honey consumed in Germany is imported. About EUR 11 per people / year of beekeepers is now in the professional association (accident insurance) deposit. The large number of bee institutes in Germany (about 20) leads to existence and financing problems. Therefore, they are partly funded among others by the pharmaceutical industry with research assignments. Another problem in Germany is a progressive industrialization of agriculture (eg biogas production from industrial corn production).

EPBA officially registered
Since EU-level law exists no so-called European club and each member state has its own legislation in this regard, it has been extremely difficult, the European Professional Beekeepers Association to officially recognize the European level.
Therefore, the Board decided to leave the EPBA register as EEIG (European Economic Interest Group) officially.
In Strasbourg to take the necessary measures have been taken. Registering EPBA is performed at the moment. Thus EPBA has become the largest officially registered beekeepers association in Europe.
Learn more about this, we report in the next issue.

Strasbourg in elections for the entire Board were due.

The election results:
President: Walter Haefeker
First Vice President: Alex Papachristofourou
Second Vice President: Olivier Belval
Secretary: Laszloff
Cashier: OMSE Greece
CEO: Karl-Rainer Koch

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The European Professional Beekeepers Association (EPBA) is an association of beekeeping organisations of EU member states. There are no individual memberships. The present and pending member organisations represent most of the professional and semi-professional beekeepers in Europe. Membership has been applied for from other organisations, from affiliated non-EU countries.

The organisation is funded by annual membership dues and functions through membership representatives voluntering their time.

EPBA has sent delegates to EU conferences and has met with representsatives of the EU commission (DG-Agri and DG-Environment).


The Mission of EPBA is the europe wide and international cooperation of it‘s members as well as the coordination of activities, in particular the representation of the interests of beekeepers, with a focus on commercial and professional beekeepers, as well as the representation of related environmental interests towards all relevant authorities, institutions, politicians, media and the public on international, European, Member States’, regional and local levels.




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