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UK Apiculture Programme

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No. 2015/1366 provides EU support for improving general conditions for the production and marketing of apiculture products. Under the Regulation, member states may draw up national apiculture programmes covering a three year period. Within the overall annual EU budgetary ceiling, up to 50% of a member state's expenditure may be reimbursed by the European Commission. Funds are allocated to each Member State based on their % share of hives in the Community.  Commission Regulation (EU) 726/2010 sets out the % share of each member state - the UK has around a 2% share.

Detailed implementing rules for the apiculture programme are set out in Commission Regulation (EC) No 917/2004.  The measures which may be included in the apiculture programme are as follows:

(i) technical assistance to beekeepers (training courses, etc.);
(ii) control of varroasis;
(iii) rationalisation of transhumance (colony migration);
(iv) physico-chemical analysis of honey;
(v) restocking of hives; and
(vi) applied research in respect of beekeeping and apiculture products.

Article 184(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007
requires the Commission to present to the European Parliament and the Council a report on the implementation of the Regulation every three years. 

The Apiculture Programme in England is based on the existing bee health programme and focuses on helping beekeepers through the provision of technical assistance to combat and control bee pests and diseases.  The apiculture programme in England is implemented by the National Bee Unit.