SCI’s European leaders met in Barcelona, Spain on July 14, 2017. In attendance were Miguel Estade, Chairman of SCI’s International Affairs and Development Committee (IADC) and SCI International Director; João Russo Corceiro, Vice-Chair of the IADC and President of the SCI Lusitania Chapter; José Maria Losa, Regional Representative of SCI Region 43; Bernhard Hluszik, Regional Representative for SCI Region 42 and President of the SCI Central Austria Chapter; Anders Engstrom, Regional Representative of SCI Region 41; Zsolt Kohalmi, SCI International.Director; Dominique Pibouleau, President of the SCI Helvetian Chapter; Tiziano Terzi, President of the SCI Italian Chapter; Nils-Ole Stuberrud; President of the SCI Nordic Chapter: Bela Hidvégi, past President of the SCI Central Hungarian Chapter.
The group discussed plans for upcoming European leadership meetings, ideas for how relationships between the European chapters can be enhanced; possibilities for common European Chapter conservation projects; and strategies for SCI to more effectively combat the continuous attacks from anti-hunting groups in Europe.
In addition, the attendees agreed on the launch of a monthly European Crosshairs, designed to go out exclusively to SCI’s European membership with articles focusing on issues on European hunting interest. This article has been published in the inaugural edition of that new publication.
All participants agreed that SCI must increase membership in Europe and that SCI must maintain an active role in hunting advocacy in Brussels, the focal point of decision-making for the European Union.