The European Union is the world's second honey producer, and plays an important part in the trade of apiculture products.
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Beekeeping is practiced in all EU Member States without exception, being characterised by the diversity of production conditions, yields and beekeeping practices.
The EU supports this sector through national apiculture programmes in order to improve the production and marketing of honey.
Progressing apiculture will contribute to the sustainable growth and development of this sector, bee colonies will continue to act as the providers of important environmental service through pollination, while beekeeping will support the development of rural areas.