Notre-Dames-des-Landes : Brussels gave its definitive green light

DECRYPTAGE. On the great controversy project for the construction of the airport Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Loire-Atlantique), the european Commission has is to discontinue the infringement procedure opened in 2014 against France, thus giving the green light to the launch of the infrastructure. Details.
Finally, an obstacle survey for the construction project of the airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Loire-Atlantique) has been suspended since 2012. The european Commission has classified without continuation, on April 27, 2017, the infringement procedure opened in 2014 against France, thus giving the green light to the launch of the construction of the infrastructure.
“The Commission has decided to close the proceedings because the French authorities have responded to the requests of the Commission in a satisfactory manner”, has stated Enrico Brivio, spokesperson for the Environment of the european Commission, in a press release.
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Non-respect of european regulations


Remember that Brussels had sent, on April 16, 2014, a letter of formal notice to the French authorities for non-respect of european regulations, the first step of this infringement procedure. The european Commission criticized France for having carried out, during the authorisation procedure, no assessment of the cumulative impacts of the infrastructure of the airport project, the airport terminal building itself, but also of his services a road, in particular, on the environment.


In addition, the French Government had regulated this offence, almost three years later, by sending the beginning of February 2017, in Brussels, a note with its environmental assessment of the overall project, carried out in the framework of the revision of the Scheme of territorial coherence (Scot) of the metropolitan centre of Nantes and Saint-Nazaire, adopted on 19 December 2017.


In addition, the Prime minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, had abandoned the December 9, 2016 its objective of an evacuation at the fall of the “ZAD” in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, the area dedicated to the construction of the airport occupied by hundreds of opponents, believing that this operation was not possible as long as the dispute with Brussels was not set.


To start work in the next few months ?


In this classification procedure, the project managers see the removal of a final obstacle to start immediately with the work. The commission “thus validates the compliance of the airport of the Great West with the european regulation”, commented the joint Union airport (SMA), which includes 20 communities of the pays-de-la-Loire and Brittany. This decision could “allow the next Government to evacuate the area to finally start the project, complete the community.


So, this will be the new president of the Republic elected on Sunday 7 may 2017 to take up its responsibilities. The candidate Emmanuel Macron (power up !) just as Marine Le Pen (FN) however opposed to the project are committed to abide by the local referendum, having given the victory of the yes to a new airport, 55,17 % of the vote.
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