Known as the “Hunting Intergroup”, the European Parliament’s Intergroup on “Biodiversity, Hunting, Countryside” was created in 1985 and is one of the oldest and most active parliamentary platforms.
With more than 100 actively supporting MEPs the Intergroup promotes the role of hunting and other forms of sustainable use of natural resources. FACE has provided the secretariat for this intergroup since 1985 while the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) serves as co-secretariat.
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.
The activities of the Intergroup are run by a Bureau who are responsible for setting the themes and providing overall guidance. MEP Karl-Heinz FLORENZ is the President of the Intergroup. He is an economist and has a masters degree in agricultural. He has been a 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 President: Renata BRIANO, Bendt BENDTSEN and James NICHOLSON; and a Secretary General, Annie SCHREIJER-PIERIK. For the 2014-2019 parliamentary term, the Intergroup has been reconstituted under the name “Biodiversity, Hunting, Countryside”, which reflects better its conservation goals and the fact that most of its Members are not hunters.
We are facing many challenges regarding biodiversity, sustainable hunting and wildlife management as well as climate change and rural development. This Intergroup serves 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