Regional noise pollution dispute re-ignites
23 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The Brussels court of appeal ruling on Tuesday ordering a better spread of noise pollution around Zaventem Airport has sparked a new round of regional squabbling.
23 March 2006
BRUSSELS — The Brussels court of appeal ruling on Tuesday ordering a better spread of noise pollution around Zaventem Airport has sparked a new round of regional squabbling.
Brussels Premier Charles Picqué is refusing to abide by the ruling, prompting an angry response from the Flemish Minister for Brussels Bert Anciaux.
"The noise pollution regulations are not the problem, but the flight dispersal plan we use," Picqué said on Wednesday night.
He proposed temporarily returning to the plan used prior to 1999 when a different flight dispersal and concentration plan was used.
"During the transition phase of about a year we can then work out a new dispersal plan," Picqué said.
But Minister Anciaux angrily said the Brussels Premier should be "suspended", newspaper 'De Standaard' reported.
"He is like a footballer who throws his jumper in the face of the referee," he said, referring to footballer Sergio Conceiçao who did the same after being issued with a red card on Tuesday.
He also said the federal government should draw up a solution to the dispute with or without the co-operation of Brussels.
But federal Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt has said he is perplexed by the latest court ruling.
The appeals court ruled on Tuesday that flights must be evenly spread around the airport, reversing its decision from a few months earlier.
Flemish Environment Minister Kris Peeters said an agreement over the noise pollution issue is possible if all parties constrictively and loyally engage in discussions.
However, he also told the Flemish Parliament that the court's ruling backed the Flemish government's demands that flights and noise pollution be evenly spread around the Brussels international airport.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news