There are two forms of organisation at the rural sector of Greece: The cooperative form and the trade-union form. Federation of Greek Beekeepers’ Associations (OMSE) is the ultimate trade-union body of Greek beekeepers and represents them all in our country, whether they participate at OMSE’s Associations members or not. OMSE was founded on December 28th 1996 in Larissa city, and it is a non profitable organisation. There are approximately 60 Beekeeping Associations-Members of OMSE in Greece. OMSE is member of the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations “APIMONDIA”, member of the Federation of the European Beekeeping Organisations "APISLAVIA", member of the Balkan Federation of Apicultural Associations and member of the European Professional Beekeeper’s Association “EPBA”. Moreover, the President of OMSE is the apiculture representative at COPA – COGECA, Brussels. Federation’s general aim is the claim, promotion and guarantee of beekeepers’ financial, social and professional interests. More of the Organisation’s responsibilities are: the supervision and protection of the genuineness of beekeeping products, the support and distribution of the trade-union spirit among the working class, the generalization of everyone’s participation in the first degree apiarian Trade-union organisations, the systematic and scientific study, research, follow-up, promotion and resolution of each subject concerning the apiarian professional order. More specifically the Federation’s intentions are:
The co-ordination of Beekeeping Associations-Members’ action for the achievement of their goals, as well as for the achievement of the Federation’s aims.
The protection and safety of the land that is suitable for apiculture.
The maintenance of our intellectual and cultural heritage and the growth of beekeepers’ cultural level.
The short-term as well as the long-lasting improvement of beekeepers’ economic situation, the guarantee of fair remuneration of their work, the conservation of human terms of life in the apiarian regions and the restriction of urbanism.
For the achievement of these aims, OMSE in particular: 1. Addresses to the Public Authorities and trade-union Organizations (State and European), for every matter that concerns the common professional, economic and social interests of members and of Greek society in general. 2. Takes measures for the enlightenment of common opinion and notifies the responsible authorities for each subject that concerns the beekeeping class. 3. Observes all governmental actions and proposed laws for voting that are related to tax, market, industrial, agricultural, working and generally commercial and economic policy of the country and determines the beekeeping class’s place against them. 4. Pursues the representation and participation of the beekeeping professional order in councils, committees and in every social life event that concerns it, by persons of experience and special knowledge. 5. Publishes books, magazines and newspapers, founds libraries, publishes articles and studies in the economic or political press, organizes and gives lectures, gatherings, excursions, artistic, athletic, cultural or recreational events and aims to the achievement of professional relations based on friendship with beekeeping organizations of other countries, organizes training and educational seminars, etc, organizes social events and generally takes every opportunity to inform the public about the policy that is followed against problems of apiculture and economy. 6. Is always in contact with corresponding organizations on local and global level and fights with them in order to fulfill common goals such as growth and promotion of interests of the members. 7. Supports and supervises the application of national or regional policy programs that are related to social and economic development with the help of committees and specialized persons. 8. Organises and carries out the legal form mobilisations and activities for the claim and resolution of problems that concern the order, as well as the preservation of professional, economic and social interests of members>