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 […]

ESF at 100% rejected

June 24, 2009

Last week’s meeting of EU Heads of State and Government rejected the European Commission’s proposal to enable ESF grants to finance 100% of project costs for the next couple of years. The proposal for 100% financing of ERDF projects will not now be brought forward.

ESF at 100%

June 3, 2009

The European Commission has formally announced today its proposal to allow European Social Fund grants for the next couple of years to be used to finance 100% of project costs. Contrary to our report earlier this week, the European Regional Development Fund has not so far been included in this rule change. This is, nonetheless, […]

100% EU grants

May 31, 2009

EU regional and training grants may become a lot more financially attractive this week. In response to the economic crisis, the European Commission is expected this week to change the rules on EU regional and training grants.  At present, project promoters have to finance between 15-50% of project costs when they obtain a grant from […]

First ever EU sports funding

May 15, 2009

The first ever EU funding specifically targeting sport is now open for applications. The European Commission has today launched a call for proposals to implement EU 2009 Preparatory Action in the field of sport. In 2008, the European Parliament called on the European Commission to propose an EU sport programme as well as Preparatory Action […]

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 […]

More EU grants available

April 23, 2009

In response to the global economic crisis, EU governments have agreed to make more money available now for EU regional grants.  Up to €4.5 billion of the European Regional Development Fund has been brought forward from 2010 and 2011 to be spent in 2009. This may offer new financing opportunities for golf developers, where their […]

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 […]

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