European Honey Breakfast – 20 November 2015
This year the Honey Breakfast will take place in quite a few countries: Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Romania.
In 2014, Hungary and Romania started organising the European Honey Breakfast and they will continue to do so this year. In Slovenia, the Honey Breakfast will take place on 20 November in all nurseries and primary schools for the ninth year in a row, while Hungary will organise it in over 1,000 schools.
In Romania, it will take place in over 40 schools and nurseries.
The Czech Republic plans on organising it in over 170 primary schools; the Austrian state of Carinthia will also be organising it in its schools and nurseries, with Vienna to follow on 27 November.
The Honey Breakfast will also be accompanied by educational content related to beekeeping. The children will be able to hear about it from local beekeepers.
History of European Honey Breakfast
At the end of 2013, the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association informed the Slovenian members of the European Parliament about a proposal according to which all EU member states would talk about the Honey Breakfast and raise public awareness about the importance of bees and honeybee products, of leading a healthy lifestyle, and enjoying locally-sourced food.
The members lent their support to the initiative. This resulted in joint activities aimed at achieving this goal. In November 2014, the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association organised the 3rd International Conference of Beekeeping Organisations during which the representatives talked about working with young people in the field of beekeeping and about the European Honey Breakfast initiative, presented by the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association. Those in attendance lent their support to the proposal and mutually agreed to organise the European Honey Breakfast in November. It would take place on the same day in all EU member states (on the third Friday in November). At the same time, they reached out to the Council of Europe, requesting it accept the initiative and officially declare it “European Honey Breakfast Day”.
The Slovenian members of the European Parliament helped put the initiative on the agenda of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) session on 16 April 2015. The initiative was also lauded by Czeslav Adam Siekierinski, the President of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as Mairead McGuinness, Vice President of the European Parliament. On that occasion, she said:
“We are all aware how important bees are for pollination and food security; however, Slovenia is now reminding us that we should raise awareness even more and take action.”
As of today, the exact day is still unknown.
However, organizers have been made aware that the Slovenian parliamentary members are doing their best to have the European Honey Breakfast officially declared as soon as possible. The beekeeping organisations from individual countries are constantly in contact; the initiative is also being promoted by Dejan Židan, the Slovenian Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, and Food, during visits to his colleagues abroad.