There are rumors out that the European Union (EU) may ban model rocket activities. To clarify the situation, European Model RocketryCEN - (European Committee for Standardization) located in Brussels, Belgium. They will classify model rocket engines until 2013. In the meantime, most countries will continue to have there old national laws effective.
It has good and bad sides. The good one is that all EU member countries will have the same regulations making it easier to launch at foreign places. And in countries with no rocket regulations, there is the opportunity to fly legally.
On the other side, the new EU regulation is very similar to the German legislative since it was mostly formulated in Germany (the German BAM, the body for testing pyrotechnical devices in Germany, is very active in Brussels). But German also has the most rigorous regulations in Europe, allowing to fly only less than 20 grams of propellant (up to C) without a certification and pyrotechnical approval. For comparision, France currently allows 500 g, the UK 1000, Italy 113, Austria & Switzerland 50 and the USA 62,2.
Since we do not know what CEN will decide, in the worst case, even an A engine could be P2 and the current better limits in countries such as France or the UK may but cut off. In this scenery, the EU will not ban, but makes it almost impractical for anyone not having a pyrotechnical licence to fly model rockets (as most rocket flyers do).
For more information and to discuss this issue, we recommend to visit our EMR rocketry discussion board where this issue is already covered.
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