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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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About Afems > Structure


General Assembly:
The General Assembly comprises all members of AFEMS and sets the strategy and direction of the Association. It also approves the annual accounts and budget for AFEMS. Ordinary meetings of the General Assembly are convened by the President and held at least once a year. An Extraordinary General Assembly may also be convened by the President, with the approval of the Board, if required.

The President presides over the meetings of the General Assembly and the Board of Directors. He ensures the Association is properly run and ensures that decisions taken by the General Assembly are carried out. The President is elected by the General Assembly.

Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors (BOD) comprises of at least six directors and the President of the Association. Each candidate is chosen and nominated to the General Assembly by AFEMS members in their own country. Directors serve a fixed, three year term of office which is renewable. The President of the Association presides over the BOD. The Board is convened at least twice a year by the President or the Secretary General and may delegate all or part of the daily management of AFEMS to its President or to one or several executive officers.

Secretary General:
The Secretary General is appointed by the Board and is responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of AFEMS, within powers defined by the Board. The Secretary General is the key representative for AFEMS on a day-to-day basis.

While he participates in all meetings of the General Assembly and of the Board, he has no voting rights since his role is purely an advisory one.