PRESS RELEASE - Brussels, 19.11.2015 - Reacting to the tragic events in Paris of 13 November, the European Commission rushed a proposal to review the Firearms Directive. FACE supports the European Commission’s initiatives in the fight against terrorism and illegal practices. FACE nonetheless questions how the Commission’s proposal to further restrict the lawful possession of firearms by hunters and sports shooters would prevent terrorists from committing atrocities. Illegally manufactured and/or trafficked firearms are readily available from the black market within the EU or from outside its borders.
Since 2014, the European Commission has organised the “European Natura 2000 Award” to recognise excellence in best practices for nature conservation in Europe. The award aims to draw the public’s attention to the network’s success and to demonstrate its importance for the protection of biodiversity across Europe. Hunters’ contribution for biodiversity can be recognised as best-practice example and it is time now to demonstrate that other relevant activities are undertaken by hunters throughout Europe. This award is a great opportunity for hunters to demonstrate their role and involvement in the Natura 2000 Network and their contribution to the Nature Directives. The finalists will be invited to a high level ceremony in Brussels (19 May 2016) when the winners will be announced. In addition to receiving their trophy, the winners will receive support in organising local events to highlight their achievements.
Delegates of 30 European countries representing seven million hunters elected former Member of the European Parliament and businessman Dr Michl Ebner as their president. The election took place yesterday in Brussels at the annual FACE General Assembly renewing the statutory bodies for the next three year term. Baron Gilbert de Turckheim, who was at the helm of FACE for twelve years, had announced his desire not to present his candidature, welcoming a renewal of the leadership. The General Assembly recognised Baron de Turckheim’s longstanding engagement in representing European hunters at the highest institutional levels by electing him Honorary President. Michl Ebner (1952), a German native speaker of Italian nationality, belongs to the Austrian minority of Northern Italy where he lives, and currently holding the office of President of the Regional Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture in South Tyrol with the mission of building relations between economic areas from Central and Northern European countries towards Southern Europe and vice versa.