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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 > What we can do together

What we can do together

In order to safeguard the collective interests of its members, AFEMS undertakes a range of activities. Working with our members, AFEMS aims to:

• gather and exchange information on scientific, technical, institutional, environmental and standardisation issues regarding sporting ammunition and related industries;

• participate in working groups, comprising experts from European industry, to study problems and propose solutions;

• cooperate with the European Commission during Directive preparatory stages, by being able to provide specific information regarding our industry;

• submit papers to the EU Parliament representing our industry's position;

• monitor the work of the Committee of United Nations Working Groups and Experts (Transport of Dangerous Goods);

• co-operate with CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) to draft standards to govern our sector;

• establish and maintain working relations with the main European non-governmental organisations safeguarding and developing hunting and sport shooting;

• foster compatibility between the industry's requirements and the expectations of environmental protection bodies;

• promote mutual respect, dialogue and shared goals between the hunting and sport shooting community, decision-making bodies and public at large, to improve quality of life and to maximise economic benefits.