+++ UPDATE November 25th +++ Lead ammunition and wetlands: the battle continues. What can we do?

+++ UPDATE +++ November 25, 2020

During yesterday's evening session (from 8.00 pm to 9.30 pm) of the plenary meeting of the European Parliament, the motion for a resolution aimed at rejecting the proposal of the Commission Regulation amending Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation with regard to the use of lead-containing ammunition in or around wetlands – on which the AFIS platform had focused its lobbying work – was discussed and voted.

The result of the vote was the rejection of the resolution (with 292 votes in favor, 362 against, 39 abstentions). It was made public this morning, following the calculation of electronic votes. Today, a second motion for resolution, with the same objective and signed by the ID group, will be discussed and voted on in the evening session.

The agenda of the EU Permanent Environment Council was published yesterday. The meeting will be held on November 25 and 27 and the agenda items include the Commission's proposal for a regulation on the use of lead ammunition in or near wetlands. The item is listed as a "non discussion item", which means that COREPER could take the decision not to oppose its adoption, by written procedure and without further discussion.

We will keep you informed of further developments.

Dowload here the voting result.

The webinar

The event, that was attended by about 45 representatives of national hunting, sport shooting and industry associations and companies, covered the last phase of the possible approval of the restriction on the use of lead ammunition in and around wetlands. In fact, following the vote in the ENVI Commission, which took place on October 29, 2020, the dossier will be submitted to a final vote in the plenary session of Wednesday, November 25, from 18.00 to 19.15 CET.

Participants were provided with discussion points and advice on how to work effectively on the National Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to get the Commission's proposal rejected by the European Parliament. However, the challenge is complex, since the motion for a resolution against the approval of the proposal should be voted by a majority of the composition of the European Parliament (353 MEPs out of 705).

Hunters and sport shooters will also play an active role, and in this respect they will receive all instructions from their national hunting and sport shooting associations. The event is part of a broader strategy proposed by the AFIS platform and shared with the sport shooting sector, which has already allowed the sector to obtain a longer transition period (24 months, compared to the 18 months proposed), in addition to the overall delay of about 1 year in the adoption of the measure; the reduction of the buffer zone to 100 meters and the useful public and written statements of the European Commission, which will help to obtain a more pragmatic approach in the national transposition and identification of the so-called "wetlands".

The next appointment is for November 25, 2020 when a motion (link see below), proposed by the forces opposing the ban will be submitted during the next plenary session of the European Parliament. During the plenary session of the European Parliament, a motion against the ban on the use of lead ammunition in and around wetlands will be presented.

In a nutshell – Questions and answers from FACE:
Leadshot over Wetlands: what is the current problem in the EU law?

What should be this law about?
Phasing out lead shot (for shotgun shooting) over wetlands.
Who will be affected?
Member States’ enforcement officers, 10 million citizens including hunters, farmers, sports’ shooters, competitive clay shooters, which involves international and Olympic shotgun shooting disciplines.
What are the main errors in this EU-draft?
The Commission ignored the advice of its own scientific agency leading to breaches of:

The principle of proportionality;

The presumption of innocence, resulting in the Commission exceeding the implementing powers under REACH by creating new obligations for “consumers”;

The principle of legal certainty.


How to fix it?
MEPs: Workable law is in your hands – Support the motion, so the proposal goes back to the REACH Committee.

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