In 2004, the key partners – BirdLife International and FACE (the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU) – have reached an agreement on ten points which will enable hunting to continue within a well-regulated framework, whilst fully respecting the provisions of the Directive. This was signed at a high profile event on the 12th October 2004 and marks the beginning of the end of more than a decade of emotive conflict.
“The original text, agreed and signed is only in English and therefore it is the authentic language version.”
Mr. Gilbert de Turckheim (President of FACE), Commissioner Wallström and Mr. Michael Rands (Director and Chief Executive of BirdLife International)
"I would like to extend warm congratulations to BirdLife International and FACE on the signing of this important Agreement which I greatly welcome. This represents a central achievement of the Sustainable Hunting initiative, which the Commission has promoted for the past 3 years. The constructive and cooperative work shown by both your organisations in reaching this valuable Agreement is appreciated by all the Commission services concerned."
Margot Wallström, 12 October 2004