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• February 16, 2017: AFEMS Strategic Committee, Brussels (Belgium)
• February 17, 2017: AFEMS BOD, Brussels (Belgium)
• April 27-28, 2017, AFEMS Technical Committee, Italy
• June 1-3, 2017, AFEMS Congress, Reykjavik (Iceland)

Blue Guide on the implementation of EU products rules
On July 26, 2016, the DG Grow of the EU Commission published in 23 languages on the Official Journal of the European Union the "Blue Guide on the implementation of EU products rules", a wide and complex document that lays down detailed rules for the implementation of the European Directives.
Among the several issues covered in the text, at page 14 the Guide makes explicit reference to two Directives of our direct interest:
* Explosives for civil uses (Directive 93/15/EEC and Directive 2014/28/EU)
* Pyrotechnics (Directive 2013/29/EU)
The different linguistic versions can be found and downloaded by clicking here
For further information, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.

On September 27, 2016 was held in Brussels (Belgium) the first informal trilogue between the EU Commission, the European Council and the Parliament to discuss the issue of the EC proposal to review the Firearms Directive.
The goal of these meetings is to analyze the changes to the EC text proposed by the Parliament and the Council (included in a 4-column document available by clicking here) so as to try to reach a common informal agreement and acceptable compromises on amendments where there are differences. Discussions take place both at technical and at political informal level. Once an agreement on the joint text is reached, it will be voted separately by the Parliament and the Council.
For further information, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.

SOLAS Regulations on the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) officially into force
Starting from July 1st, 2016, SOLAS requires, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container's weight is verified. Shippers will be now responsible for the verification of the packed container's weight, and will have to provide its VGM to the vessel and port terminal operators prior to be it being loaded onto a ship.
The VGM shall be defined using calibrated and certified equipment in accordance with the standards and requirements of the state where the equipment is being used and shall consider not only the masses of all packages and cargo items, but also the container tare and all additional loading equipment (e.g. lashing material).
Rules, guidelines and FAQ developed by SOLAS are available in Members the login area of the AFEMS Website by clicking here, while additional information can be found at the following links of the major shipping companies' websites:
Maersk Line
For further information, please contact the Chairman of the Legislative Committee (Ms Elena Delgado - ) or the AFEMS Secretariat.

From 2-4 June 2016, the island of Mallorca (Spain) hosted the 2016 AFEMS Congress. The Congress reached its 65th edition and was a great success: 130 guests joined the numerous AFEMS' Institutional and Social events scheduled in the agenda. The General Assembly, held on June 3rd, once again showed a great participation: 70 delegates representing 49 Companies and Associations from 18 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. Four presentations were illustrated by outstanding Guest Speakers. The first presentation provided a portrait of the economic impact of the hunting activity in Spain. The second and third presentations focused on the activities carried out by the European firearms industry and by the European trading and retailing association with regards to the current revision of the EU directive on firearms and ammunition. The last presentation provided a wide ranging focus on the USA market.
The next AFEMS Congress will be held on June 2017, in Reykjavík (Iceland).
For further information, please contact the Secretariat.

To watch the interviews that were made at the Symposium, please click here