Over the years, AFEMS – the Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition – has undergone many evolutions, in order to be more effective in advancing its missions and promoting the voice of the sector.
The European soul of the Association and the rapidly changing policy-making scenario confronted AFEMS with the need to pursue incremental adjustments to come ever nearer to the European Union institutions. As part of this change, AFEMS decided to acquire a new look, appointing Gloria Martini as secretary-general.
With extensive experience in the EU-policy field, Gloria Martini embodies the decision to put the Association on a track that points directly to the heart of Europe. The new Brussels-based secretary-general brings to AFEMS a wealth of knowledge in European Affairs and reinforces the European commitment of the Association.
The ambition of the Association remains to widen and to promote the sector, showing the positive socio-economic and environmental contributions that this industry can bring to the European Union as a whole. Recently, AFEMS welcomed the decisions taken in Manila on the CMS COP 12, which reaffirmed that EU member states are the closest and most appropriate actors for the adoption of legislation dealing with environmentally-friendly measures in the wetlands.
The active role of the Association was mirrored in the technical information spread to the legislator and the UN invitation for an open and structured dialogue with stakeholders.
Inter alia, the Association supported the initiative of Industry4Europe, a Europe-wide coalition of more than 130 European industrial Federations, calling on the European Commission to implement a more ambitious EU industrial strategy with a long-term action plan. The position paper was ultimately disseminated to several MEPs, the Council and the EC itself. The enthusiastic reception of the Joint Reaction Paper poured into a series of structured debates with the European Council and to the inclusion of the coalition within study groups, culminating with an invite to meet with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s Cabinet.
All in all, AFEMS reaffirms its position as the spokesperson and representative for the entire European ammunition industry. With a Secretary General and an EU policy staff, physically based in the European capital, AFEMS reaffirms its mission to work with the European Commission, the European Parliament and member states, to support policymakers with industrial insight when drafting and implementing legislation touching upon the sector’s areas of interest.
The Association is increasingly suited to engage in a deeper, strategic and operative synergy with other associations in the sector.
For more information, please visit www.afems.org