EU impact on golf

April 14, 2010

The European Commission has finally published its annual work programme for 2010. It shows lots of areas of European Commission 2010 work, which may impact on the golf industry: Review of the list of priority substances under the Water Framework Directive The Water Framework Directive requires the Commission to review the list of priority substances […]

EU soil law still blocked

March 16, 2010

At their Council meeting yesterday, EU Environment Ministers failed again to agree on the need for EU legislation on soil.  Opposition from six national governments means that the European Commission’s 2006 proposal for a first-ever EU Soil Directive is currently blocked in Council. Some observers suggest that one of the “blocking minority”, France, may be […]

New EU biodiversity deadline 2020

March 16, 2010

EU ministers have given themselves a new biodiversity deadline of 2020, following yesterday’s EU Environment Council meeting. Having failed with their 2010 target, the 27 governments agreed to try to do more to halt biodiversity loss. Ministers chose the toughest of four options presented by the European Commission in a January policy paper: “halting the […]

EU pesticides laws agreed

September 28, 2009

The EU Council of Ministers last week formally adopted the final text of the package of new EU laws on pesticides.  These are: Directive on sustainable use of pesticides Regulation on placing of plant protection products on the market (repealing Directives 79/117/EEC and 91/414/EEC) Directive on improving construction and maintenance of machinery for pesticide application […]

Biodiversity alarm

June 26, 2009

Europe is failing to meet its 2001 target of halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010. Yesterday EU Environment Ministers expressed deep concern at this failure and at the increasing threats to biodiversity from invasive alien species. Golf Europa reported in April on the high level conference in Athens on biodiversity. Yesterday’s clear message from […]

No progress on soil

June 26, 2009

Golf Europa has reported in the past on proposals from the European Commission for the first ever EU legislation on soil policy. At their meeting yesterday of the EU Environment Council, Ministers failed to reach agreement on the draft EU Directive on soil protection.  Some governments do not agree that legislation on soil policy is […]

EU soil policy change?

March 25, 2009

The German government has suggested a new approach by the EU on soil policy. In 2006, the European Commission issued a proposed Soil Framework Directive.  Since then, national governments have failed to agree that an EU Directive was appropriate on soil. At this week’s meeting of EU Agriculture Ministers, the German government suggested the EU […]

Biocides review extension

March 25, 2009

The EU’s evaluation of active substances used in biocidal products (insecticides, preservatives, disinfectants, etc) is taking longer than originally foreseen.  The original 1998 Biocides Directive set a deadline of 14 May 2010 for completion of biocides evaluation. The European Commission has proposed a transitional period from May 2010 up to 14 May 2013, during which […]

New EU study on sport funding

March 23, 2009

The latest open call for tender from the European Commission’s Sports Unit is for a “Study on Internal Market Barriers to Sport Funding”. The study will look into public and private sources of sport funding and into financial streams within particular sports.  It will also address possible cross-border obstacles that could affect the financing of […]

New EU law on pesticide application machinery

March 20, 2009

New EU legislation on pesticide application machinery looks set to be agreed.  Last week a European Parliament Committee agreed its Opinion on a European Commission 2008 proposal for a new Directive on pesticide application machinery. The Parliament broadly supports the Commission’s proposal and is forecast to adopt formally its Opinion in the EP plenary session […]

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