The European Union (EU) is a politico-economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The EU operates through a system of supranational institutions and intergovernmental-negotiated decisions by the member states.  

European Union funding support to icipe Bee Health Programme has been provided under the Food Security Thematic Programme (FSTP) budget line, which addresses research, technology transfer and innovation to enhance food security.

The FSTP's main objective, as defined in its strategy paper for 2011-13, is to improve food security in favour of the poorest and most vulnerable and contribute to achieving Millennium Development Goal 1, through a set of actions which ensure overall coherence, complementarity and continuity of EU interventions, including in the area of transition from relief to development as well as in particularly fragile situations.