Slovenia proposes that May 20th is declared a WORLD BEE DAY

15.05.2015 6:56:53
On the initiative of the Slovenian Beekeepers Association, the Republic of Slovenia will propose to the United Nations (UN) that May 20th is declared a WORLD BEE DAY.
Raising public awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products has an important role in the effort to protect bees and beekeeping sector. Therefore we propose that the United Nations declare 20th a May World Bee Day. May is a month, which in the northern hemisphere is known as the time with the greatest activity in the growth of bees. During this period, bees are most numerous and the need for pollination is at maximum. In the southern hemisphere on the other hand, it is autumn time, the time for harvesting bee products, and thus the days and weeks of honey.
May 20th is the day when Anton Janša was born (1734-1773). He is known as a pioneer of modern beekeeping and one of the greatest experts on bees of the time. He was the first modern beekeeping teacher in the world, and Holy Roman Empress Maria Teresa of Austria named him a permanent teacher of beekeeping at the new Beekeeping School in Vienna. He became famous even before his death. After 1775, the entire state beekeeping teacher had to teach beekeeping following Anton Janša´s teachings.
We have informed several beekeepers associations and other organisations in Slovenia and abroad about the initiative. We are glad that we have gained a lot support therefor, inter alia, from the Balkan Federation of Apicultural Associations, President of the Apimondia - International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations Mr. Gilles Ratia, who supported the initiative and approved that the Apimondia management board will discuss it at the forthcoming meeting in South Korea. The initiative is supported also by Mr. Etienne Bruneau, President of the Apimondia Scientific Commission "Beekeeping Technology and Quality.   
On May 12, the initiative was presented at the Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council in Brussels. The support to the World Bee Day initiative was expressed by many EU Members States, namely Hungary, Austria, Cyprus, Poland, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Greece, France, Sweden, Portugal, Belgium and the United Kingdom as well as by the European Commission. Also other EU Members States (Romania, Bulgaria, Malta) expressed their sympathy thereto.
For more information regarding initiative please visit: http://czs.si/content/wbd
Your support for the initiative sent to peter.kozmus@czs.si would be welcomed