Meeting the players

The HSI team worked the Brussels field for over a year, meeting decision makers in the European Parliament, the Perm Reps and the European Commission to make their case. We were up against the diplomatic weapons of the Canadian government, so it was important to meet as many officials as possible, and explain relentlessly why the trade in seal products should be banned.

Over the months preceding the vote, we met over 150 MEPs face-to-face, almost all Environment officials in Perm Reps, and senior Members of the Commissioners Cabinet. Some ads even helped us securing meetings. During these meetings, we gave out documents explaining the details of this very complex issues, be it reports or traditional position papers.


Traditional lobbying – position papers

The campaign was also relying on the traditional lobbying materials such as position papers. As the issue was followed by many different Committees, there were choices to be made for each vote, position papers and voting lists to be adapted to each Committee.

Read the HSI position paper for the IMCO (Leading) Committee

Read the HSI position paper for the AGRI (Opinion) Committee

Reports on internal market, trade, legal basis and Greenland

The issue was technical, and many legal, trade and market issues were to be explained. HSI produced reports on the legal basis of the proposal, on WTO consequences and on consequences of the ban in Greenland, and used them in their meetings with over 150 MEPs, quasi all Member States, and Cabinet Members in the Commission.

See the HSI Greenland handout.

See the report on internal market and the legal basis for the Seal Products Trade Ban

See the HSI WTO Handout.

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