Currently, we are working on an easier solution for international players together with the Dutch government. Please understand this is a long process! We will keep you informed as soon as there are new developments.
As of tomorrow the new EU Sport funding possibilities for 2018 are open. For 2018 there is 37.4 million euro’s in funding available for sports related projects.
If your sports association wants to apply for funding you can check out the following website; http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources/programme-guide_en
On 25 May 2018 the new General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect. If your sports organisation keeps track of privacy sensitive information of your members, please make sure you abide by these new EU legislations.
More information can be found on http://www.eugdpr.org/
Our member the ČFA (Czech Republic) announced today their very own Google application where you can find all the teams in Czech. It includes not only Airsoft teams, but also contacts for Airsoft Playgrounds, Children Army Camps, Service and Sales! Based on a map you will find all airsoft needs nearby!
The app can be downloaded here from the Google Play Store:
Yesterday Directive 2017/853 was published which is the new EU Firearm Directive. It will be in effect on June 13th 2017 and member states have till 13 September 2018 to implement it’s rules. For Airsoft please direct your attention to page 4 article 27.
A milestone for our sport as the word Airsoft is being specifically named!
Please see this article in various languages which can be found here.
Quote from the new EU Firearms Directive amendment proposal. Voting took place on the 14th of March 2017 with 70% of MEPs voting in favour of the proposal:
“Directive 91/477/EEC is not applicable to other items, such as airsoft devices, which do not correspond to the definition of a firearm and are therefore not regulated by that Directive.”
The Airsoft sport will survive in its current form after an extended process of negotiations and considerations between Members of European parliament and industry pioneers which began late in 2015 which many thought to be a swift change to firearms laws taking advantage of the terrible terror attacks in France and Belgium.
In this effort, the European Airsoft Association joined representatives from many other sporting federations affected by this directive to inform the decision makers of all aspects of our respective sports and advocate their positive position in European society.
While the European Airsoft Association has worked tirelessly to inform and influence the outcome of this directive, we are extremely thankful and proud of the combined efforts that we have shared with representatives of ASG and Cybergun amongst other individual players and enthusiasts to shape this outcome.
In no uncertain terms, Amendment 107 (A8-0251/107 Details found here: Link) of the Directive 91/477/EEC has passed voting with a direct reference that states that an Airsoft device does not correspond to the definition of a firearm, meaning that an airsoft device will not be affected by this directive.
By definition, AEG’s and AEP’s, GBB’s, BFG’s and HPA systems are Airsoft devices and will not be subject to new regulation at this point in time.
This is the best outcome that we could have hoped to achieve and one that has been hard won.
What Happens Next
Now that the majority the compromise text of Directive 91/477/ECC has passed voting, it will have to pass the Council of Ministers before it can be implemented. At this moment we have no time frame on this however we will publish further updates once we have more information.
Although the Airsoft sport has achieved a positive result this time around, we will no doubt be under scrutiny in the future.
Preparations for this have already began and EVERY airsoft player has influence in this. It is imperative that the airsoft sport becomes an organised and structured sport recognised across Europe, governed by national associations with principles that are harmonious across all territories.
To achieve this, you as a player can get involved in local clubs. Local clubs need to get involved in national associations and national associations need to join the European Airsoft Association.
Together with your support, we stand a far greater chance of protecting the Airsoft sport. Without you, we may not succeed next time.
If your country does not have an association / Federation and you have the time to organise one, the EAA are here to help and guide you through the process. You will be supported by many well organised and long standing associations from all across Europe. Just as they support each other as respected member states of the European Airsoft Association.
As most of you who have visited this site will know, we do not have representation for the majority of the European countries and this must change. consequently, to fix this we NEED your help! Every player stands to benefit from helping the EAA grow its borders so please act now.
Currently, our membership consists of associations from the following nations:
We need more representation and we are not restricted to EU member states. we need ALL states in Europe to be involved.
If you see that your country is not on this list, and you know of a national association who should represent players in your country, we ask that you leave a comment below with their details or send us a message via our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/europeanairsoft
In order for us to succeed in Brussels, we need to show we have the support of the majority of Airsoft players and associations within Europe. if you are not yet a member of your national association, Please register and encourage your friends to do the same. 2016 has shown that a unified voice for Airsoft in Europe is absolutely necessary to protect the hobby that brings so many new friends together.
The European Airsoft Association (EAA) would like to wish our supporters in every corner of the world and our member states a very Happy Christmas! What ever you find yourselves doing this season, let it be full of fun, family and friends.
Thank you all for your support through out 2016!
In 2017 the EAA will continue to stand for the protection of our beloved sport in Europe. Please continue to help us build our support base by liking, commenting and sharing our posts. So keep an eye on our website for our 2017 plans, because we need a strong voice for Airsoft in Europe.
With great respect,
The EAA Team
Last Month the EAA member states unanimously voted in favour of the Fédération Française d’Airsoft (FFA) gaining Full EAA membership.
The EAA thanks the FFA for its application to join our association, we are greater and louder through this unity. At this time when our sport is finding its self targeted by anti-gun groups seeking to shut down an entire industry and hobby enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of players across Europe, we absolutely need to grow and strengthen our position on the world stage.
France now joins fellow member states in their efforts to educate local and international political parties to the importance of our sport and community. we welcome them into our shared commitment to protect law abiding and sensible Airsoft players across every corner of Europe.