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 […]

What’s coming next from Brussels for golf?

April 21, 2008

The stock of EU legislation on the environment continues to grow. Golf is vulnerable to significant future changes imposed by new laws originating from the EU. Key elements of the golf industry, such as water, fertiliser, use of pesticides, waste and machinery, are all likely to be subject to further EU regulation. See Steve’s article […]

Golf and EU policies

April 21, 2008

For golf, the priority so far has been on the large and increasing stock of EU legislation on environmental issues. Much of this legislation has already impacted on golf. Water and pesticides are amongst the most important EU environment policy areas for golf: The Water Framework Directive is currently being implemented. The Directive’s environmental objectives […]

Why do sports need to focus on Brussels?

April 21, 2008

The European Commission states on its website: Although not directed specifically at sport, many of the rules, policies and programmes of the European Union have an impact on the sports world or are of interest to it. Case law from the European Court of Justice has also, since the 1970s, impacted on sport. The most […]