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SCHEDULED EVENTS AND MEETINGS
• November 23-24, 2017: AFEMS Legislative Committee, Paris (France)
• November 28-29, 2017: AFEMS Technical Committee, Genova (Italy)
• February 13, 2018: AFEMS Strategic Committee, Brussels (Belgium)
• February 14, 2018: AFEMS BOD, Brussels (Belgium)
• June 7-9, 2018: 67th AFEMS Congress, Portoroz (Slovenia)



2018 AFEMS CONGRESS
Arex d.o.o. ŠENTJERNEJ is honoured to host the 67th AFEMS Congress which will be held from 7-9 June 2018 in Portoroz (Slovenia). For further information about the country and the venue of the meetings, please click here.


Benefit for AFEMS stemming from the Common Position on "Ammunition Classification under REACH" adopted in the EU defence sector
On 22 September 2017, Member States of the European Defence Agency (EDA) adopted a Common Position on Ammunition Classification under REACH aiming at building a common understanding of the REACH regulatory provisions and facilitating the exchange of best practices in the field of Ammunition Classification.
The Common Position is based on the outcome of the Agency's work conducted in this field since 2014, with the support of Member States' REACH and ammunition experts at technical level, and on the basis of a continuous exchange with the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency and EU defence industry including some of AFEMS Industries operating also in the defence sector.
The Common Position constitutes an important milestone in increasing awareness on issues pertaining to ammunition classification under REACH. It will significantly contribute to reduce the risk of misinterpretation of, and enhance compliance to, the REACH Regulation´s provisions on substances/mixtures or articles. It will also minimize the possibility of potential incorrect classification of ammunition along the REACH Regulation´s provisions on substances/mixtures or articles.
Positive effects are expected also for civil ammunitions that will similarly fall under the scope of the Common Position. To read the full text adopted, please click here.
For further info, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.


AFEMS signs joint Reaction Paper #Industry4Europe
AFEMS joined the large industry coalition paper "For an ambitious EU industrial strategy: going further", signed in October 2017 by roughly 120 European Industrial Associations unanimously calling on the European Commission to implement an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy with a long-term Action Plan.
The paper exhorts the EU Institutions in general and the EC in particular to implement a more ambitious industrial policy and provides clear contributions to go beyond what announced in the Communication on "Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry: a renewed Industrial Strategy for Europe" which the European Commission published in September this year.
The Joint Paper, officially presented by to all Member States on the occasion of the Council Industry meeting on 23rd October, has the ambition to influence the content of both the future Council Conclusions and EU Presidency Report on the EU Industrial Strategy that will be adopted by Ministers of Economy and Industry during the Council meeting on 30th November. The paper will also be officially handed over to EC President Juncker, EC Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Bie?kowska responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs , important MEPs, Committee of the Regions' representatives and many other policy makers.
To read the full text Joint Reaction Paper, please click here.
For further info, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.


2017 AFEMS CONGRESS
From 1-3 June 2017, Reykjavik (Iceland) hosted the 2017 AFEMS Congress.
The Congress reached its 66th edition and was a great success: 124 guests joined the numerous AFEMS' Institutional and Social events scheduled in the agenda.
The General Assembly, held on June 2nd, once again showed a great participation: 71 delegates representing 49 Companies and Associations from 20 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. The first presentation provided a portrait of the hunting activity in Iceland. The second, third and fourth presentations focused on the activities carried out at European level in the legislative, environmental, and academic frameworks, respectively, while the last two presentations addressed some issues at world level.
The next AFEMS Congress will be held on June 2018, in Portoroz (Solvenia). For further information, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.


Torbjörn Lindskog appointed as new WFSA President
On March 2, 2017, in Nuremberg, in conjunction with the International Trade Fair for Hunting and Sport Shooting (IWA), the World Forum on Shooting Activities (WFSA) held its annual General Assembly.
On that occasion, Mr. Lindskog was nominated and unanimously elected as President of WFSA, succeeding the outgoing President Mr. Herbert Keusgen. The incoming President Torbjörn Lindskog accepted his new role thanking his predecessor and all WFSA members.
AFEMS is particularly proud of such a prestigious acknowledgement which testifies the association's primary role at both European and International level, and would like to wish good luck to President Lindskog for his new appointment.


The European Parliament approves the revision of the Firearms Directive
During the Plenary Session of the European Parliament that took place today in Strasbourg, the compromise text on the EU firearms directive agreed by the European Parliament and Council last December, and subsequntely approved by the IMCO Committee last January, was endorsed by 491 votes in favour, 178 against and 28 abstentions. The draft law still needs to be formally approved by the other co-legislator, the EU Council of Ministers.
Member states will have 15 months from the date of entry into force of the directive to transpose the new rules into national law and 30 months to put in place data-filling systems for registering all information needed in order to trace and identify firearms.
To read the compromise text, please click here.
To read the explanatory background note of the compromise text adopted, please click here.
For further information, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.




On February 3rd, 2017, EurActiv, the European media platform based in Brussels and specialized in the online publication of articles focusing on European published the video "AFEMS: The lead issue and firearms legislation" which contains an interview with Mr. Torbjörn Lindskog – AFEMS President.
The video will appear in the Sustainable Interview section of EurActiv website for some weeks, and in the video section for about 12 months.
For further info, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.


QVARFORT/HOLMGREN'S STUDY ON LEAD IN GAME MEAT ON SSRN TOP TEN LIST
The paper "Lead in Game Meat: A Study of Bioaccessibility of Lead Metal Fragments" by Ulf Qvarfort and Christer Holmgren, was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for BRN Ecotoxicology (Topic), BRN Individual (Sub-Topic) and Toxicology eJournal. As of today, the paper has received over 100 downloads.
The paper, which demonstrates that restrictions on the use of lead in hunting ammunition are based on ideological, emotional and political elements rather than real facts fact and scientific evidences, is available by clicking here
For further information, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.