Dutch government plans to reduce flights at Schiphol airport

Olivier Hoedeman made this access to documents request to Mobility and Transport

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Dear DG Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE),

on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), I would like to - under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties as developed in Regulation 1049/2001 - request access to the following documents:

1) minutes and other notes from DG MOVE's meetings (including online meetings) with stakeholders/lobbyists (from March 1st 2022 until today) in which the Dutch government’s intention to reduce flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport by 20 percent was discussed.

2) all correspondence (including emails and WhatsApp messages) with stakeholders/lobbyists (from March 1st 2022 until today) about the Dutch government’s intention to reduce flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport by 20 percent was discussed.

There is a clear public interest in the disclosure of these documents. The transparency rules as set out in the Lisbon Treaty oblige the EU institutions to work as openly and as closely as possible to the citizens. There is moreover clearly a lot at stake for citizens in this case, as it concerns the right of public authorities to introduce the strong and ambitious policy measures needed to reduce noise pollution, avoid catastrophic climate change, etc.

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman
on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Rue d'Edimbourg 26
1050 Brussels

This should include the minutes from the meetings of Director-General Henrik Hololei with Delta Air Lines (15-11-2022), Royal Schiphol Group (19-10-2022), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (25-07-2022), etc.


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