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SCHEDULED EVENTS AND MEETINGS
• November 13, 2017: AFEMS Strategic Committee, Prague (Czech Rep.)
• November 14, 2017: AFEMS BOD, Prague (Czech Rep.)


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.


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:
CMA-CMG
Hapag-Lloyd
Maersk Line
For further information, please contact the Chairman of the Legislative Committee (Ms Elena Delgado - e.delgado@nobelsport.fr ) or the AFEMS Secretariat.


 
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What is AFEMS

AFEMS is the Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition. It is a non-profit organisation which was set up in 1951 to continue the work started in 1898 by the International Ammunition Convention. AFEMS is a Europe-wide association. Founded on the principles of cooperation and dialogue, it provides a forum for its network of members, a hub of information on sporting ammunition and a means of responding effectively to technical, scientific and legislative challenges.

AFEMS' membership continues to grow and today includes 52 member companies and 8 affiliates from 23 European countries. It represents a network of manufacturers and distributors of ammunition, components, clay targets and machinery, each boasting vast experience and a long history in the industry. Despite their different backgrounds, they all share a common goal: to protect and grow activities related to sporting ammunition.

In a rapidly changing business environment, AFEMS is best placed to respond to the many challenges that our sector faces. AFEMS is regarded as the sole spokesperson and representative for the entire European ammunition industry. And AFEMS works actively with the European Commission and the European Parliament to influence drafting and implementation of legislation on the production, classification and distribution of related products.

AFEMS is also considered the main hub through which its members can obtain information, exchange views and work together to tackle the technical, scientific and legislative challenges.

Strengthening dialogue and cooperation among its members, and representing their interests to the relevant decision-making bodies, are therefore clear priorities for AFEMS.