ANP Airport Schiphol
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 13:57
The decision to grant Schiphol a nature permit has provoked mixed reactions. The criticism that the airport is favored over farmers, for example, is often heard. The way in which nitrogen space is acquired is also under fire.
When it became known this morning that the outgoing nitrogen minister had decided to issue the permit against the wishes of a large part of the House of Representatives, it immediately provoked reactions.
MP De Hoop, on behalf of PvdA and GroenLinks, called it unprecedented that Schiphol is being given permission for “even more flights” “in the middle of this climate and nitrogen crisis”. “While agriculture, industry and mobility must all make their fair contribution to solving the nitrogen crisis, the outgoing cabinet has allowed the law of the strongest to prevail through bad policy,” he believes.
Environmental organizations are also disappointed. Milieudefensie, Greenpeace, Nature and Environment Federation North Holland and Nature & Environment find it difficult to stomach that Schiphol is given permission “to simply emit nitrogen as usual”.
In a joint response, they also say they find it “very strange” that Schiphol has bought up the nitrogen rights of farms in order to meet the conditions for a nature permit. “We believe that every company should emit less nitrogen to save vulnerable nature.”
Farmers’ organization Agractie calls Schiphol “the second largest emitter of nitrogen oxide in the Netherlands” and believes that there is a preferential policy. “While PAS reporters and interim workers have been in uncertainty without a permit for 4.5 years, Schiphol will be legalized just before the elections.”
The farmers’ action group finds it “particularly harsh and unfair to farmers, who are in fact locked down and have no idea when this uncertainty will end.”
CDA MP Vedder also thinks it is unfair that the airport has “bought up nitrogen space like a cowboy, while PAS detectors still have no idea of a solution”.
Her VVD colleague Koerhuis has a completely different approach. “Schiphol is one of the corks on which our economy floats,” he says. “It’s good that Schiphol has been granted a permit after years of legal uncertainty,” says the VVD member.