Powered by xpats.com
Weather
1 °C

Not registered yet?

  • Daily & weekly newsletters
  • Buy & download The Bulletin
  • Comment our articles
Register now

You are here

Recent articles

Dec 15, 2017

Brussels mobility and public works minister Pascal Smet came under fire today for comparing the c...

Dec 15, 2017

In 2019, residents in Belgium can begin tossing all their plastic containers, as well as plastic...

Dec 14, 2017

Angela Merkel's favourite Brussels chip shop, Maison Antoine, has moved into brand-new premises a...

Dec 14, 2017

Several Brussels organisations have launched the campaign 400 Toits (400 Roofs) to try to find 40...

Tougher aircraft noise restrictions begin

Apr 21, 2017
0

The government of the Brussels-Capital Region has begun applying its new restrictions on aircraft noise, as a second conflict of interest pause called by the Flemish region reaches its 60-day deadline.

The new regulations include extending night-time noise limits to 7.00 in some fly zones over Brussels; they used to end at 6.00. It also limits planes to 80 decibels in certain zones, which affects 747s, mostly used for freight.

However, while Brussels will issue fines to airlines for excessive noise, they will not insist on payment for at least 18 months, the government said. That leaves federal mobility minister François Bellot the time he needs to negotiate a solution.

Flanders had called a conflict of interest because the noise limits applied by Brussels affects air traffic departing from Brussels Airport, which is located in Zaventem, Flemish Brabant. The regulations will push more aircraft to take-off and land using routes over Flanders.

Under federal law, one region may call a halt to a measure passed by another if its interests are being affected, applying a 60-day halt to proceedings. According to Brussels environment minister Céline Fremault, they are simply applying the law according to the governing agreement made when the government of minister-president Rudi Vervoort came into office.

At the same time, the government is leaving the door open for a negotiated settlement with Flanders, a spokesperson said. Flemish minister-president Geert Bourgeois welcomed the decision by Brussels to “press the pause button” in terms of collecting fines, but said that he regretted the legal uncertainty brought about by the decision to issue fines.

The decision to create a framework for discussion is “an occasion to work towards a constructive solution” to the problem, Bourgeois said. He called on minister Bellot to come forward with proposals.

Photo: Tom D’Haenens/Brussels Airport

Questions & Answers

Help and get help

Neil21

Hi dear people

I have question regarding Radiation. In simple words I get remo...

Drifter

As far as I know, In Flanders you can only leave a child 15 minutes unattended at home...

Drifter

What is the legal age in Belgium for children to sit at the front seat of a car?

...

Jobs

Events & Social

Upcoming

16 Dec
16.12.2017
Trier
by Expat Club
16 Dec
16.12.2017
Brussels
by Brussels Choral Society
17 Dec
17.12.2017
Düsseldorf
by Expat Club

Popular

11 Jan
11.01.2018 to 24.02.2018
Brussels
by Harlan Levey Projects
17 Jan
17.01.2018
Brussels
by Expat Club
11 Jan
11.01.2018 to 24.02.2018
Saint-Gilles
by Galerie Templon

Twitter