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June 2020

Dear beekeepers!

The corona crisis presented our society with enormous challenges. Public life was almost at a standstill and massive restrictions in both professional and private life had to be observed over a longer period of time. Of course, our association life was also severely affected by this: All club events and annual general meetings had to be canceled and postponed indefinitely. The national and international young beekeeping competition cannot take place either. Since no events with more than 10 people are allowed until the end of June, various new elections at the clubs are also affected by the restrictions. According to the current legal situation, these must be made up for by the end of the year for associations with up to 50 members; new elections for associations with more than 50 members can be held by the end of 2021.

Coordination with the regional associations and specialist speakers can currently only be carried out by telephone, email or video conference. Nevertheless, we are trying to ensure regular operations again as best we can and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the good cooperation.

As mentioned in the last issue, the corona crisis also has an impact on beekeeping funding. Some passages have been adapted to the current situation. These can be seen on the homepage of the beekeeping association www.imkerbund.at or the Biene-Austria www.biene-oesterreich.at.

In addition to the corona crisis, however, new regulations that affect beekeeping have also come into force. I just remind you of the change in the labeling regulation for honey products. The indication of the origin of all products is mandatory from April 2020. If honey is offered with an ingredient, the label must also indicate the origin of this ingredient. E.g. in the case of honey with nuts, in addition to the indication of the origin of the honey, the origin of the nuts must also be stated (see also Bienen aktuell / March, page 20). This is a first step towards the exact labeling of origin that we beekeepers require for honey.

Let's hope that all the Corona-related measures taken will have the desired effect and that we will soon be able to exchange more personal information again.

In the meantime, I wish you all the best for this extraordinary time and above all: stay healthy!

Yours
Reinhard Hetzenauer


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