Background

The European Parliament Intergroup "Biodiversity, Hunting, Countryside"

Known as the Hunting Intergroup, FACE has provided the Secretariat for this key official Parliamentary platform since 1985.

We are facing many challenges regarding biodiversity, sustainable hunting and wildlife management as well as climate change and rural development in the next few years. This Intergroup will serve as the key stakeholder platform within the European Parliament, enabling open cross-political discussions between decision-makers and experts, aiming to affirm the significant role of rural actors and the socio-economic importance of countryside activities.”

MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz, President of the Intergroup Biodiversity, Hunting, Countryside

The European Parliament Intergroup “Biodiversity, Hunting, Countryside”, known as the “Hunting Intergroup”, promotes the role of hunting and other forms of sustainable use of natural resources. It tackles topics related to biodiversity, wildlife management, rural development and forestry and discusses current subjects whilst building the bridge between civil society and decision makers.

FACE has provided the Secretariat for this intergroup since 1985 while the European Landowners Organisation serves as Co-secretariat.

With 110 actively supporting MEPs the Intergroup is one of the largest in the European Parliament. Its activities are run by a Bureau who are responsible for setting the themes and providing overall guidance.

For the 2014-2019 parliamentary term, the Intergroup will be reconstituted under the name “Biodiversity, Hunting & Countryside”, which reflects better its conservation goals and the fact that most of its Members are not hunters.

MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz is the President of the Intergroup. He is economist and agricultural master. He is Member of the European Parliament since 1989 and was re-elected in 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014.

He is Member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and was Chairman of this Committee between 2004 and 2007. He is also a substitute member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and was rapporteur and member of the former Temporary Committee on Climate Change.

The Bureau is also constituted of three Vice Presidents, Renata Briano, Bendt Bendtsen and James Nicholson and a Secretary General, Annie Schreijer-Pierik.