Policy Papers

Policy Paper: Wildlife Species in the European fur sector [PDF 92.7 Kb]

December 14, 2018 - Trapping is a legitimate activity with a fundamental role in the sustainable conservation of wildlife and the management of natural resources at large. At the same time, the welfare of wild animals has to be protected at the time of their trapping, to avoid unnecessary sufferance, pain and stress.

Policy Paper: REACH Review Position Paper [PDF 51.9 Kb]

June 15, 2018 - To promote safety, innovation, and growth, the EU has to deliver a policy on chemicals that is fair, smart, SME-friendly, and accessible. Fur Europe has six suggestions for the EU and the Member States.

Policy Paper: Online Trade [PDF 246.1 Kb]

May 24, 2016 - For e-commerce to become relevant for SMEs trading with fur it is essential that the EU institutions set clear rules, remove bureaucratic burdens, and create a balanced business environment for consumers and retailers as well.

Policy Paper: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) [PDF 11.1 Mo]

February 21, 2016 - Fur Europe is in favour of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as a way to enhance growth in the fur sector, and recommends various initiatives to lift administrative burdens for European fashion retailers seeking to enter into the US market.

Policy Paper: animal welfare official controls [PDF 396.7 Kb]

June 5, 2015 - Fur Europe welcomes the new Regulation on Official Controls, in particular the parts referring to animal welfare is of key interest to the fur sector. It also urges the European Parliament to vote in favor of the use of the indicators mentioned in Article 18 of the Regulation. Moreover, Fur Europe believes that the Reference Centers should not conduct animal welfare studies, already by the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) but have a coordinating role.

Policy Paper: killing methods for furmed animals [PDF 400.2 Kb]

June 5, 2015 - Fur Europe finds itself responsible for informing the public that the killing of fur animals is a transparent and well regulated procedure, in conformity with European legislation. In practice, animals are euthanized directly in the farms by either gas (CO2) or electricity, thus avoiding unnecessary pain. Independent scientists developed a code of conduct for killing mink and foxes that Fur Europe's members are expected to follow.

Policy Paper: invasive alien species [PDF 385.9 Kb]

June 5, 2015 - Fur Europe strongly supports securing the fur farms in Europe, e.g. with fences as it is by regulations in Spain and Denmark, to prevent the massive releases of farm animals, primarily by activists. And therefore, the fur sector contributes to the European legislation to protect the environment while avoiding to include two fur animal species – Finnraccoon and American mink on the list of Invasive Alian Species to be banned for imports and handling within the EU.

Policy Paper: fur and fashion [PDF 398.9 Kb]

June 5, 2015 - As an integral part of the fashion industry, the fur sector plays a significant, innovative role in the creative economy, offering skilled jobs for young people, market diversification (interior, decoration), and representing European cultural heritage and know-how. It also faces challenges such as lack of funding and skills for SMEs and attain talented and skilled young people in the sector. Therefore, it strives to cooperate with the European Commission on SMEs competitiveness and fur draftsmanship as European heritage.

Policy Paper: traceability [PDF 385.2 Kb]

June 5, 2015 - Fur Europe welcomes the Regulation on Consumer Product Safety (2013/0048) and the Regulation on Market Surveillance since it supports transparency and protection of the consumers, contributing to it by the development and implementation of an animal welfare certification program called WelFur. However, Fur Europe suggests that the European Parliament and the Member States remove the article 7 from the final Regulation, which calls on informing the consumer on the “indication of origin”.

Policy Paper: EU Rural Development Programme [PDF 463.1 Kb]

June 5, 2015 - The EU Rural Development Programme (RDP) offers an opportunity to develop the fur sector by fostering animal welfare improvement, financing young farmers and new entrepreneurs and promoting value chain organization through the stimulation of networks and partnerships, training, and knowledge transfer.

Policy Paper: Consumer Product Safety and labelling of fur garments [PDF 522.4 Kb]

June 5, 2015 - Fur Europe welcomes the regulation on product safety and the regulation on market surveillance, though the suggestion of informing the consumer on the “indication of origin” can have the opposite effect than transparency. Therefore Fur Europe suggests the European Parliament and the IMCO committee to remove this article from the final Regulation on Consumer Product Safety (2013/0048)

Policy Paper: animal welfare [PDF 333.4 Kb]

June 4, 2015 - Fur Europe has established a scientific project on animal welfare assessment of mink and foxes called WelFur which aims at creating science-based indicators for the animal welfare assessment (currently in the implementation phase). Fur Europe advocates for an harmonization of the legislation on animal welfare at EU level.

Policy Paper: trade in seal products [PDF 462.5 Kb]

June 1, 2015 - The Commission’s proposed amendments to the EU trade ban on seal products create more problems than solutions. Not utilising the oil, meat and skins from the management of the seal populations in European waters seem unethical, and the Inuit exemption offers no clear road to the re-establishing of a commercial market for Inuit products.

Policy Paper: 100% use of fur farmed animals [PDF 382.3 Kb]

June 1, 2015 - More than 68% of the carcasses stemming from the European fur production are utilised for biofuels, green energy purposes, fertilisers, and other bio-based products. Fur Europe is working to increase the number of carcasses that are used to 100%.

Policy Paper: REACH review [PDF 400.1 Kb]

April 5, 2015 - According to the 2013 REACH ( Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) review, the regulation, in broad terms, is working and there is no need of a revision. The next implementation phase will be important for the fur sector as it will involve small- and medium-sized businesses not familiar with REACH. In that sense, Fur Europe cooperates with the International Fur Dressers’ and Dyers to develop a sustainability reporting for the Dressers and Dyers in Europe, which is expected to be published in December 2015.