For more information about EU efforts for bee health, study on honey colony mortality, its regulatory systems concerning the approval of pesticides, trade and import, etc, see:

Reminder: in 2013: the European Commission has adopted a proposal (Regulation (EU) No 485/2013 PDF) to restrict the use of 3 pesticides belonging to the neonicotinoids family (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) for a period of 2 years.

The Commission’s action is a response to the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) scientific report which identified “high acute risks” for bees as regards exposure to dust in several crops such as maize, cereals and sunflower, to residue in pollen and nectar in crops like oilseed rape and sunflower and to guttation in maize.



The European beekeeping sector is very preoccupied with the decline of bee colonies.

Concerns remain amongst beekeepers and all the people who benefit from the role of these pollinators.

In this context the CARI celebrated 30 years of activity, and invited the international community to the 2nd European Congress of Beekeeping, “Beecome” at Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). This meeting will allow beekeepers from all Europe to gather and exchange information.

A great number of beekeepers federations, took this opportunity to deal with the major themes presented by the best specialists in Europe. Exhibition areas allowed all the partners in the bee world to present their services, products and expertise.

BNNS was present at Beecome to raise awareness about the role of beekeeping as a tool for development in countries in the South, to connect beekeeping organisation and faciliate exchanges of information and experiences between different actors in the field.

A number of visitors also signed the BNNS memorandum


BNNS attended the Conference-debate “Pollinator friendly farming is possible” which took place on 22 March 2013 in Room PHS4B1 of the European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium)

During the conference scientists and field technicians presented their research on alternative agricultural practices to neonicotinoids and some farmers explained how they managed the implementation of such practices and which challenges they faced.


BNNS participated in the launching event of the documentary movie, “More than honey” in Liège (Belgium) on 20 March 2013 with Markus Imhoff, the producer of the movie. After the lauching of the movie, an animated debate took place on the importance of bees for food production and the importance to protect bees.

BNNS at European Development Days, 16-18 October 2012

photo_beekeeping_network_north_south_apiexpo_2012_2BNNS participated to the European Development Days, which took place in Brussels (Belgium) from 16 to 18 October 2012.

Organised by the European Commission, European Development Days (EDD) is Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation. This year, six panels addressed the important issues of sustainable agriculture, food security, and resilience. Issues of major concern to BNNS.

For more information, please consult the website of EDD

BNNS at 1st European Beekeeping Congress in Agen, October 2012

BNNS participated in the 1st European Beekeeping Congress, which took place in Agen, France, from 11 to 14 October 2012. BNNS shared a stand with Apiflodev (one of the founding members of BNNS). The Congress was an excellent opportunity for the young organization to present its objectives to the public.

BNNS at ApiExpo Africa 2012

BNNS members Jorge Rovira (BeeHoney) and Noémie El Agrebi (Miel Maya Honey) represented BNNS during ApiExpo, which took place from 26 to 30 September 2012 in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Jorge and Noémie attended many interested visitors at the BNNS booth and explained about the objectives and activities of BNNS.

For more information, please consult the website of ApiExpo Africa 2012

BNNS at the 1st Apimondia Symposium on African bees and beekeeping in Arusha, Tanzania, on 11-16 November 2014 

The theme for the 1st Apimondia Symposium on Africa Bees and Beekeeping 2014 was “African Bees for a Green and Golden Economy”.
The main objective of the 1st Apimondia Symposium on African Bees and Beekeeping 2014 was to improve beekeeping industry in Africa and developing counties for the welfare of rural people.

BNNS was represented by its member Anne C. Brouwers who presented the objectives of the association and of its network to the participants to the Symposium.

For more information, see:


Photo: singing of the BNNS statutes

On march 5 2012, the BNNS statutes were signed in Liége, Belgium.