For decades, the Flemish and Brussels governments have argued about the noise nuisance caused by air traffic to and from Zaventem airport. The file was already passed on from government to government that time. But in March, Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkine (Ecolo) (Ecolo) (Ecolo) (Ecolo)
Those conversations even led to a preliminary agreement with Environment Minister Alain Maron (Alain Maron). The morning could see the agreement. In the ‘joint statement’, as the document is officially called, the various governments promise, among other things, to find a solution together and to set up an independent monitoring body for noise pollution.
But Flanders is now preventing this collaboration, says Maron. In one of the Flemish government’s submissions to his cabinet, among other things, the right to unilaterally cancel the joint declaration, ‘if it judges that its economic interests of those of its inhabitants are jeopardized’. “A real act of war”, recorded on that unilateral action.
A meeting end about the most according to Maron addressed because the Flemish government to be present. “However, the point of the statement is not to cause more noise nuisance in a region,” says Maron. “But to reduce the number of flights in general, for example. The Flemish government now clearly prefers the economic interests of Zaventem airport to the quality of life of its inhabitants.”
But the cabinet of Flemish Minister for the Environment Zuhal Demir (N-VA) is a different story. According to her, the joint statement is not a preliminary agreement that has been negotiated by all parties, but a proposal from Federal Minister Gilkinet to which all governments can still submit their objections.
When asked why Flanders did not come on days for the last consultation before the summer, he said: “It is true that we originally did not agree on his passages, such as those about Brussels soundscapes. But we have heard nothing more about this. The consultation on June 29 has been canceled by the Brussels government. If Minister Maron really wants to solve the problem, he should call the minister himself, instead of the press.”
The Community sensitive file of noise nuisance is thus rekindling the spirits between the regions. Ever since the first flights in and out of Zaventem, Flanders and Brussels have been trying to pass on the noise nuisance to each other’s residents. Several federal ministers of parties to reconcile unsuccessfully.
For example, there was the failed attempt by ex-Mobility Minister Isabelle Durant (Ecolo) to abolish night flights. And one that the previous Minister of Mobility Bellot (MR) elected, to get to the problem once and for all, was tested by the Brussels and then by the Flemish government. A preliminary agreement in which all governments work together on the file could have achieved an important breakthrough, according to Maron.