Taming Aviation Petition heard in the European Parliament

On 12th November the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament heard the petition from Taming Aviation for fair taxes on aviation.

Also other petitions on a variety of matters, including night flights, from groups at Cologne/Bonn, Brussels, Charles de Gaulle, Ciampino and Orio al Serio-Bergamo airports.

Petitioners’ speeches start with Susanne Heger of Taming Aviation about 8 minutes into the video:  http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151104IPR01142/html/Committee-on-Petitions-meeting-12112015-(P.M.)

The Petitions Committee decided to refer the Taming Aviation Petition to Transport and Environment Committees which means it is likely to be debated further.

There were also other petitions on a variety of matters, including night flights, from groups at Cologne/Bonn, Brussels, Charles de Gaulle, Ciampino and Orio al Serio-Bergamo airports. Petitioners’ speeches start with Susanne Heger of Taming Aviation about 8 minutes into the video:http://www.europarl.europa.eu/…/Committee-on-Petitions-meet…

French Government says it expects to start work on new Nantes Airport in 2016

The French Government has said that it plans to start work on preparing the ground to build the new Nantes Airport, beside the village of Notre-Dames-des-Landes early in 2016.

Details can be found in this article:  http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/pays-de-la-loire/loire-atlantique/notre-dame-des-landes-vers-une-reprise-des-travaux-en-2016-841337.html

If the Government does go ahead it can expect to face huge opposition.  The proposed new airport has become one of the most controversial projects in Europe.  Not only is there huge local opposition but the local people are supported by civil disobedience activists living in Le Zad on the site of the proposed new airport.

Moreover, there are over 200 support groups across France and Belgium as well as support from the campaigners from across Europe.

The irony is that, if the French Government does try to start the work in early 2016, it will be doing so just weeks after it has hosted the COP, the international climate change conference where leaders of the world are expected to agree measure to curb climate change emissions.