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Changes to reduce bureaucracy and facilitate the activity of hunters, deal with delinquent behavior and protect biodiversity, announced the Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy, during the cutting of the king cake of the Hellenic Hunting Confederation (K.S.E.) in a central hotel in Athens.

According to a relevant announcement, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Governance and the Hellenic Hunting Confederation (KSE), are proceeding with the issuance of an Electronic Hunting Permit. It will be preceded by the creation of an online network with interconnected databases of the Forestry Service, the Greek Police and the Hunting Organizations.

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At the same time, with the proposal of the K.S.E., the supporting documents provided for the issuance of a Hunting Permit will require the submission of a certificate of the hunter’s participation in pro-game and pro-environmental actions, during the previous hunting year. The aim is to increase the participation of hunters in actions of public interest.

Finally, according to his announcement Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the creation of a Hunter Behavior Control System is planned in collaboration with the Hellenic Hunting Confederation, which will include:

● Register of hunters who break the rules.

● Grading of violations with a point system. 5 points are considered a recidivism, the penalties are doubled and the issuance of a Hunting License with examinations is imposed anew.

The Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy, Giorgos Amyras, stated: “Hunting, as it is carried out in our country, is in line with the strictest criteria established by the European Union, but also with all accepted international scientific and biological data, both for game and protected species. The time has come for hunting to move into a new era, the digital one. We are working closely with the President of K.S.E., George Arambatzis and the Secretary, Nikos Stathopoulos, planning incentives for hunters to participate in pro-environmental actions».