How can we support indigenous people’s sustainable hunt in the Arctic?

On Wednesday 29 November MEP Jørn Dohrmann hosted the event entiteld: How can we support indigenous people’s sustainable hunt in the Arctic? The initiative of a QR Code for Seal Skin in the European Parliament.

In 2009, the European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 banning the trade in seal products in the European Union. The seal hunt is however part of the socio-economy, culture and identity of the Inuit and other indigenous communities and it contributes greatly to their subsistence and development. For this reason the Regulation provides for an Inuit exception , which allows the placing on the Union market of seal products, which result from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities.

Two years ago, the European Parliament debated further the trade in seal products and the conditions for the placing on the market. This showed broad interests of Parliamentarians and stakeholders on the topic.

As a result, a new QR-Code for seal products has been developed by stakeholders. The code will be able to effectively indicate that the seal product originates from Inuit hunting and complies with the conditions for the placing on the market in the EU.This event was organised with the purpose of informing about this new QR Code initiative, while also ensuring dissemination of knowledge that it is legal (and sustainable) within the EU to sell/buy seal products within the boundaries of the Inuit-Exemption.

Representatives from the European Institutions, Member States, Customs, Retail sector and Stakeholders including a high-level delegation from Greenland with the participation of the Minister for Fisheries and Hunting, gathered in the European Parliament to discuss and exchange views on the QR Code information initiative.

Link to event page

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