Press article fom 09.11.2006
Hering: Co-operation not confrontation / Agreement benefits both sides
The Rhineland Palatinate Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Transport, Hendrik Hering, has praised the agreement between the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) Landesverband Rheinland-Pfalz e.V. and Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH to extend the runway as an outstanding example of the guiding principle "co-operation not confrontation". "The agreement, which was signed this morning at the Higher Administrative Court in Koblenz, benefits both sides. This day is a good day for the airport, for the people of the region and, at the same time, for the environment," declared the Minister at a press conference in Mainz.
With the intended retraction of legal proceedings by the BUND, the airport will be given the necessary legal certainty. The 3800-metre-long runway is a further "capability" for acquiring airlines and flights, which base their activities on a longer range. "I am sure that the agreement will have an extremely positive effect on traffic development at the airport, particularly with regard to cargo traffic," emphasised Hering. In the meantime, a considerable number of jobs are being recorded in the cargo sector in particular.
The agreement also ensures that the ecological objectives of the BUND have been protected. This applies to the agreed protective measures for bats as well as to the clearance plan and the agreed balancing and coherency measures. "Therefore both the BUND and the Airport are today's winners."
Different starting positions have come together to form a common basis. The guiding principle "co-operation not confrontation" will and must apply to a greater extent in the future. "We need a speeding up of approval processes in order to survive in international competition and to be able to create and secure jobs. At the same time, we need a policy, which is based on sustainability and safeguards our ecological principles in the long-term," underlined the Minister.
Hering thanked both the Airport and the BUND for their co-operation in this matter. "Co-operation not confrontation - this must continue to be the motto in the future for the coexistence of economic and structural policy on the one hand and environmental and nature conservation policy on the other."
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