Night flight accord 'urgent'

1st December 2003, Comments 0 comments

1 December 2003, BRUSSELS – Federal Transport Minister Bert Anciaux has asked for an urgent accord between all three Belgian regions on the introduction of new night flight paths across the capital.

1 December 2003

BRUSSELS – Federal Transport Minister Bert Anciaux has asked for an urgent accord between all three Belgian regions on the introduction of new night flight paths across the capital.

Negotiations on the issue were held throughout the weekend, and Anciaux hopes to have reached agreement across the board by the end of the week.

Following a court decision, from Wednesday authorities will have to pay a fine of EUR 50,000 a day to an organisation representing inhabitants of Flemish towns north of Brussels if flights have not been redistributed over the larger Brussels area and adjacent towns around the capital.

Earlier, the Brussels region refused to cooperate with Anciaux, accusing him of not having provided all necessary information. 

The federal government had promised to produce a map of the region, indicating the noise pollution caused by night flights over Brussels and adjacent regions, but it failed to materialise.

The map has now been produced and is being studied by all parties involved.

The organisation of residents from Flemish towns north of Brussels says the Brussels regional government is opposed to the redistribution of night flight paths as it would mean more noise pollution over the capital.

The controversial issue of noise pollution being concentrated over certain linguistic suburbs of Brussels has dogged both this administration and the previous rainbow coalition.

Subject: Belgian news

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