Slovenia to start conferring Golden Bee Prize
Ljubljana, 4 March - The National Assembly has passed legislation introducing the Golden Bee Prize and setting up a system for the conferring of what is to be a top state prize in the field of promotion, preservation and research of bees and other pollinators.
The prize is to honour extraordinary achievements in preservation of bees and other pollinators, in raising awareness about their role in sustainable agriculture, food security and biodiversity, as well as cultural heritage and the health of people, Agriculture Minister Jože Podgoršek told MPs on Wednesday.
The prize is to be handed out by the president annually on 20 May, the World Bee Day. Laureates are to be chosen by a seven-member judging panel appointed by the government. The agriculture minister is to sit on the panel, while the rest of the members are to be nominated by the minister.
Nominees are to be selected based on a public call issued by the Agriculture Ministry. The prize is to be given to a completed project in preservation, promotion and research. The funds for the prize are to come from the state budget.