Forum on Brussels overflights to be held after municipal electionsThursday, 13 September 2018 19:38
The federal government has 90 weeks to adapt flight routes above the communes of Vilvorde, Grimbergen, Machelen, Meise and Wemmel.
The judge had also ruled that a convention should be organised by 17 September at the latest to come up with a decision on the air routes to be used, an “air navigation law” and an accord on the future of Zaventem airport.
The Office of Minister François Bellot (MR - Reformist Movement) announced, however, that the States-General will be held after the 14 October municipal elections. “It would make no sense inviting mayors to the start of a consultative exercise that will be continued with other persons following the elections,” he explained. The actors need to remain the same throughout the entire process for this consultation to remain meaningful, Bellot said.
The minister stressed that he has always advocated a broad-based consultation, “so it will take place, but its format still needs to be decided and will perhaps be adapted with regard to the ruling’s provisions.”
The different scenarios will be analysed in the Government “in due course”.
The Brussels Times
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