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 biodiversity policy shake-up?

April 30, 2009

A European Commission conference in Athens this week called for a shake-up in EU biodiversity policy. EU biodiversity legislation already impacts on the golf industry but the current influence is focused on golf clubs in priority areas designated by the EU Natura 2000 network and the EU Habitats and Birds Directives.  Golf Europa has reported […]

EU grants still support golf

March 27, 2009

Golf Europa has reported previously on the positive impact of EU funds stimulating golf, tourism and growth in less-developed regions, particularly in Ireland and Portugal in the 1990s. Lots of EU funding has now moved east but golf continues to be used as a successful tool of regional economic development. A quick trawl of the […]

UN & IOC examine golf

March 26, 2009

Golf’s green credentials, and especially those of The 2010 Ryder Cup, will be a focal point for discussion at the 8th World Conference on Sport and the Environment (WCSE) in Vancouver, Canada next week. The WCSE is organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Golf […]

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 […]

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