EUR 60m in Zaventem noise pollution fines

10th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 February 2006, BRUSSELS — The Brussels government could have already imposed EUR 60 million in fines on the federal government for breaches of noise pollution regulations around Zaventem Airport since 15 October last year.

10 February 2006

BRUSSELS — The Brussels government could have already imposed EUR 60 million in fines on the federal government for breaches of noise pollution regulations around Zaventem Airport since 15 October last year.

The figure is based on revelations that 5 percent of flights above Brussels' international airport have exceeded noise pollution guidelines.

In total, some 3,000 breaches of regulations have been recorded, French-language daily 'Le Soir' reported on Friday.

On 15 October, a ruling by the appeals court in Brussels allowing the capital region's government to impose fines came into effect.

However, the Brussels Institute for Environmental Management said the EUR 60 million in fines should be reduced.

It said the fines could only be applied to the old flight dispersal plan drawn up by former federal transport minister Bert Anciaux.

And the Brussels government previously decided not to impose the fines while talks around Zaventem Airport's future continued.

To prove a point though, Brussels Environment Minister Evelyne Huytebroeck said the figures indicate that especially the Belgian capital is suffering from the airport's flight plan.

"The biggest nuisance is concentrated on several flight paths between 6-7am," Huytebroeck said.

"Our proposals for the revision of the flight plan that we presented to [Transport] Minister [Renaat] Landuyt head off in that direction."

The Brussels, Flemish and federal governments have been unable in recent months to come to a compromise solution over the noise pollution dispute and talks continue.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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