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SCHEDULED EVENTS AND MEETING
• February 17, 2016: AFEMS Strategic Committee, Brussels (Belgium)
• February 18, 2016: AFEMS BOD, Brussels (Belgium)



INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM "THE SUSTAINABLE USE OF LEAD AMMUNITION IN HUNTING AND SPORTS SHOOTING: FACTS AND EMOTIONS"
An outstanding International Symposium was organized in Brussels on October the 20th 2015 by AFEMS and the World Forum on Shooting Activities (WFSA). The Symposium focused on the sustainable use of lead in ammunition and its impact on both the environment and human health. The Symposium analyzed also the ballistic features of both lead and non-lead ammunition and provided an overview of the current legislation at the European and International level. Sixteen speakers covered every conceivable aspect of lead in civilian ammunition, showing presentations organized in five different panels: Environment, Legal Issues, Ballistics, Human Health and Other Issues. Three outstanding Keynotes Speakers from the European Parliament and the European Commission intervened, giving further prestige to the event and explaining the current position and the future views of the European Bodies. Three competent journalists managed the debates and the question & answers sessions, which were very animated and gave a high contribution to the topics in agenda. One hundred and ten attendees attended the Symposium, including journalists, politicians, scientists, members of environmental institutions, hunting and sport shooting organizations, foodstuff agencies.
To download the press release, click here
For further information, please contact the Secretariat.



INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM "THE SUSTAINABLE USE OF LEAD AMMUNITION IN HUNTING AND SPORTS SHOOTING: FACTS AND EMOTIONS"
To watch the interviews that were made at the Symposium, please click here


6TH SESSION OF THE MEETING OF THE PARTIES TO AEWA
On 9-14 November in Bonn was held the 6th session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) to AEWA. During the meetings the issue of the ban of lead ammunition was widely discussed. However, the outcome of the meetings showed no significant changes since the last CMS meeting held last year in Quito. To view the draft resolution, please click the following link: DR_4 and DR_12



2016 AFEMS CONGRESS
The Company MAXAM OUTDOORS is organizing the next AFEMS Congress.
The venue is Palma de Mallorca (Spain).
The dates are June 2-4, 2016


Actions to counter the classification of metallic lead as a toxic substance
All the European Industries using metallic lead, including ours, are acting for countering the classification of metallic lead as a toxic substance. To this end, several meetings have been recently held at the competent Directorates of the EU Commission in Brussels.
The opposition to the classification is essentially based on two arguments:
• it is not appropriate to classify all forms of lead as toxic because the bioavailability of massive metal is not the same as that of others forms, in particular powder;
• the Specific Concentration Limit (SCL) of 0,03% requested for the classification is not realistic and inconsistent with the existing EU legislation on risks management.
AFEMS is constantly involved with the other European Associations in providing the necessary information and support concerning the use of metallic lead in ammunition.