New EU water report examines golf

March 19, 2009

A major, new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms that, in many parts of Europe, water use is unsustainable.  The report also provides recommendations for a new approach to managing water resources. The report contains numerous references to golf, which are highlighted below. The EEA Press Release accompanying the report starts “From golf […]

Can the private sector benefit from ERDF?

April 28, 2008

A surprising number of golf clubs in the EU have received European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grants in the past – some very high profile – eg Carnoustie, Scotland (host of the 2007 Open) and The K Club, Ireland (host of the 2006 Ryder Club). Ireland allocated grants of €20 million in the 1990s to […]

Golf and the European Regional Development Fund

April 27, 2008

Grant aid from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is financing the development of new golf courses across Europe. The ERDF is the second largest EU financial mechanism, after the Common Agricultural Policy. It provides grant aid to the poorest regions in the EU ranked according to GDP per capita to part-finance investment projects which […]

Environmental Impact Assessment: Doonbeg

April 27, 2008

There is inevitable potential for conflict between the aims of economic development and the aims of environment policy. Over the years, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has evolved to counter criticisms that ERDF programmes and projects failed to take account of environmental concerns. In the 1990s, two large-scale Irish golf projects brought this question […]

Does golf “squander” European Union grant aid?

April 25, 2008

Last year, for the thirteenth consecutive year, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) refused to approve the previous year’s European Union (EU) expenditure. Part of the ECA 2007 report identified golf as a problem area; hence press headlines such as “EU farm aid squandered on golf clubs” (Accountancy Age, 14/11/2007) and comments that “a still […]

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