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European farmers and agri-cooperatives working together with European hunters


13 Feb 2009


Health & Consumers
EU Priorities 2020
Agriculture & Food

Copa-Cogeca and FACE, the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU, have today signed a memorandum of understanding. The two organisations will reinforce cooperation in a number of areas, in particular sustainable land management and environmental conservation.
Gilbert de Turckheim, President of FACE, said, “This is indeed a very significant event for both organisations. For generations, hunters and farmers have been key actors committed to preserving rural areas and to the sustainable use of our natural resources. Year round, hunters, in collaboration with farmers, strive to maintain and improve habitats as a means to ensure the continuity of their activity and to  conserve wildlife.”
Jean-Michel Lemétayer, President of Copa, added, “I am very pleased about today’s display of unity between both of our organisations. Both agriculture and hunting are of major importance to a vibrant rural Europe. Today’s agreement will allow us to join hands and work towards our common goal of maintaining sustainability in our countryside.”
FACE is a non-governmental organisation representing 36 member organisations and over seven million European hunters. Copa-Cogeca is the voice of European farmers and European agri-cooperatives, representing 15 million people working in agriculture in the EU and other European countries, as well as over 40,000 cooperatives.
For further information, please contact:
Mr Timothy Lawrence    Mr Simon Michel-Berger
Press Officer    Press Officer
FACE    Copa-Cogeca
Tel: +32 2 732 69 00    Tel: +32 2 287 27 90