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



2019 AFEMS CONGRESS
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.



More than ammunition: AFEMS' commitment towards sports, environment and social inclusion
Hunting and sport shooting are sometimes perceived in a negative way despite the industry's continuous commitment to positively impact the communities where these sports are practiced. That's why AFEMS and its members work tirelessly to better communicate these benefits so the general public can have a holistic view of the industry, which is about much more than just lead. [continue reading]



 
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ECHA to prepare a REACH Restriction Proposal for lead in ammunition
The European Commission (EC) has requested the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to prepare a REACH restriction proposal addressing the risk to wildlife and humans (consumption of game meat) from lead in gunshot, lead in ammunition (bullets) and lead in fishing sinkers. The EC's letter to ECHA[1], dated 16 July 2019, that became public on 21 August 2019, also asks ECHA to assess issues linked to animal welfare, potential accidents to hunters using lead ammunition and its alternatives.

From EURACTIV.com
Lead makes you beautiful and HEALTHY!
Nowadays, there is a widespread wrong assumption among public opinion that hunters and shooters are the most affected by lead poisoning because of their high exposure to lead contained in ammunition, writes Gloria Martini.

AFEMS 67th Congress: celebrating the European soul of the Association
The 67th Annual Congress of the Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition (AFEMS) took place in Portoroz, Slovenia, in the first week of June.

More than ammunition: AFEMS' commitment to sports, environment and social inclusion
The Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition (AFEMS) is a non-profit, Europe-wide association based in Brussels. Its mission, however, goes beyond protecting its members' interests and is at the forefront of defending social and environmental issues.

AFEMS dresses European
Over the years, AFEMS – the Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition - has undergone many evolutions, in order to be more effective in advancing its missions and promoting the voice of the sector.

AFEMS: The lead issue and firearms legislation
AFEMS is the Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition, which represents a network of manufacturers and distributors of ammunition, components, clay targets and machinery.

The Use of Lead in Ammunition
110 delegates, including journalists, politicians, scientists, members of environmental institutions, hunting and sport shooting organizations and food agencies met at the Symposium "The Sustainable Use of Lead Ammunition in Hunting and Sports Shooting: Facts and Emotions" held on 20 October 2015 in Brussels.

From All4Shooters.com
What is AFEMS?
AFEMS is the European Association of Manufacturer of Civilian Ammunition representing today 65 European Companies operating in 23 EU Countries, among which you can find all the leading Industries in the Ammunition sector. Here you'll find all important facts about this organization.

Symposium: Sustainable use of ammunition containing lead
The Association of European Ammunition Manufacturers (AFEMS) and the World Shooting Forum (WFSA) are hosting a symposium in Brussels on 19 - 20 October 2015 on sustainable use of lead ammunition in hunting and sports shooting. What's at issue here?