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Slovenia’s successful presentation at APIMONDIA 2017

(STA, MKGP) Istanbul, 3 October – The 45th international Apimondia Congress ended yesterday. Slovenia appeared at the Congress with an exhibition area prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, the Slovenian Tourist Board and the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, where the World of Bees pavilion attracted a lot of attention. Slovenia was represented at the Congress by Minister mag. Dejan Židan, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, many beekeepers and the management of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association. Slovenia’s presentation at the Congress was successful, since it was granted one of the highest honours in the history of bee-keeping: Dr Peter Kozmus, member of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, was elected Vice-President of Apimondia. Slovenia also received a silver medal for the book, No Bees, No Life. Bilateral meetings with many countries’ representatives regarding their support in declaring the World Bee Day in December at the United Nations in New York were also very successful. “At the Congress, Slovenia proved once again that we are at the top of world bee-keeping and I am really very proud to be Slovenian,” said Minister Židan at the end of the visit. Slovenia was one of four countries which was bidding to organise the Apimondia Congress in 2021 in Celje; however, the delegates voted for Russia.

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Slovenia’s bid to host the 47th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress in Celje in 2021 was not successful; the Russian city of Ufa convinced delegates at the Congress in Istanbul. Dejan Židan, Minister of Agriculture, was nevertheless very pleased with the Congress. Slovenia won several awards, and its pavilion was its most prominent feature, said the Minister.


Boštjan Noč, President of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, said that Russia’s winning the organisation of the Congress in 2021 was anticipated, because representatives of the Western countries were not present in Turkey. He stressed that Russia must be congratulated, since it was an excellent bee-keeping country, and Slovenians must be proud that, as a nation of two million, Slovenia received commendations for projects such as World Bee Day, the European Honey Breakfast and similar.


With a vote on the next hosts of Apimondia, the 45th Congress of the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations closed today in Turkey’s biggest city, which was important for Slovenia also in the light of the final phase of discussing the initiative to declare 20 May World Bee Day. At the session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome this July, Slovenia received unanimous support for the declaration; the final decision on the matter will be made by the UN General Assembly in December.


Minister Židan assessed the visit to Turkey as a great success. “In three days, we determined that our project, World Bee Day, enjoys full support. Many delegations wanted to speak with us about transferring our knowledge and competences to other countries. We asked all these delegations to participate in our international bee-keeping school project, which will be launched on 20 May next year,” the Minister told the Slovenian Press Agency.


Since 2014, Slovenia has been striving to have 20 May declared World Bee Day, thus confirming the importance of this pollinator for human survival. The Minister believes that apiculture is an activity in which we are the best. He is of the opinion that this is one of the few fields in which it can be said we are a superpower.


As further highlighted by Minister Židan, Slovenia also obtained the highest function in the history of its bee-keeping in the last days in Istanbul. During this year’s Congress, Peter Kozmus, member of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, was elected from among three candidates by Apimondia’s General Assembly as the Federation’s Vice-President.


Kozmus expressed his satisfaction after the election. In his statement for the Slovenian Press Agency, he said that the election had been a great success. “I believe that we will be able to pass on many of our ideas to all the world’s bee-keepers and organisations through this position, because Slovenians are recognised as innovative in the international bee-keeping world, having good ideas and caring about global bee-keeping, not only our own,” said Kozmus.


President Noč commented on the election by saying that Slovenia had never before had such a high function in bee-keeping. He also highlighted for the Slovenian Press Agency that Slovenian bee-keepers were leaving Turkey with pride. “I am very pleased with our excellent presentation at Apimondia.” President Noč said that the Slovenian exhibition area was the most visited one, and we also acquired a silver medal for the book, No Bees, No Life, which will be published around the world.


The Apimondia congresses are the largest bee-keeping congresses, attracting participants from over 100 countries. The congresses consist of scientific and expert sections attended by scientists in the field of apiculture, and ApiEXPO exhibitions which are visited by bee-keepers and other interested people.


According to Minister Židan, the organisation in Turkey was exceptionally good. He was certain that the Slovenian pavilion was the most impressive. “This was confirmed by the Turkish Minister, with whom I had a bilateral meeting, and by the visitors and finally, also the media. There was no report from the Congress in which Slovenia and the Slovenian pavilion were not mentioned,” concluded Minister Židan.