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• February 5, 2020: AFEMS BoD meeting, Brussels (Belgium)
• June 4-6, 2020: AFEMS Congress, Prague (Czech Rep.)

From 6-8 June 2019, Helsinki (Finland) hosted the 2019 AFEMS Congress.
The Congress, at its 68th edition, was a great success: 115 guests joined the numerous AFEMS' Institutional and Social events scheduled in the agenda.
The General Assembly, held on 7th June, once again showed a great participation: 82 delegates representing 52 Companies and Associations from 19 different European Countries.
During the General Assembly, the AFEMS activities of the past 12 months were reported and the action plan regarding the next 12 months was presented. The Chairmen of the Committees and the Secretariat presented the progress made on projects under their responsibility.
Several presentations were illustrated by outstanding Guest Speakers. From the hunting-related themes – as discussed by Paolo Fiocchi (Università Statale di Milano), Heli Siitari (Executive Director at Finnish Hunters' Association) and Torbjörn Larsson (President of the European Federation for Hunting and Conservation) – to the more political ones – covered from the European perspective by Mauro Silvis (Secretary General of the IEACS) and from the US one by Richard Patterson (Executive Director of SAAMI). What is more, Mr Karl-Heinz Florenz, German MEP, talked about his 30-years experience in the European Parliament and his perceptions of the sector as Chair of the Biodiversity, Hunting and Countryside Intergroup.
The major event was also the stage for the election and presentation of the new AFEMS President, Mr Thierry Jacobs from FN Herstal, Belgium. Mr Torbjörn Lindskog was appointed Honorary President in charge of the external relations and maintaining the role as President of the WFSA.
The next AFEMS Congress will be held in June 2020, in Prague (Czech Republic).
For further information, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.

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EXPAL Bulgaria JSC (formerly named Elovitza) started its activity in 1895 with the manufacturing of hunting and military powders and, along its more than centenary life, produced several civilian and military products.

In 2007 the company was acquired by MAXAM GROUP and investment was focused in the production of industrial explosives and demilitarization activities.
Today is one of the most modern, safe and environmental friendly facilities in Europe for the manufacturing of industrial explosives and the disposal of obsolete munitions.

EXPAL Bulgaria JSC storage and production facilities are located in one single site in Gabrovo, in the centre of Bulgaria and crossroads between north-south mainway from Romania to Turkey, and west-east main road to Black Sea coast.

EXPAL Bulgaria JSC owns authorizations, facilities, equipment, manpower, knowledge and experience for the manufacturing of cartridge and bulk explosives for civil use, production of pressed explosive charges, and for the disposal of NATO ammunition.

Facilities comply with all national and European Union legal and regulatory requirements in terms of health and safety, working conditions and environmental protection.
EXPAL Bulgaria JSC is certified ISO 9001, ISO14001, OHSAS 18001 and AQAP 2110.

With its long history, broad industrial background, its dual civil and military profile and being an active member of the Bulgarian Defense Industry Association, EXPAL Bulgaria JSC is a key player in Bulgaria regarding activities with energetic materials.

Phone: +359 66 81 98 98 / +34 609 163 400
Fax: +359 66 80 16 99
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