Commission to sue Netherlands over polder
By The Holland Times Thu. 31 May 2012
The latest developments in the ongoing saga of the Hedwigepolder may see the European Commission take the Netherlands to court for failing to meet its obligations, reports NOS.nl.
A recent vote in parliament saw compromised plans to partly flood the contentious polder rejected, leading to the risk of legal action.
According to the Commission, the Netherlands can no longer be said to have any agreements on nature conservation in the Westerschelde.
The Netherlands has two months to explain its position before the Commission can go to court. Ultimately, the failure to reach an agreement could result in a fine of several million euro. Flanders has already initiated legal action over the polder.
The Hedwigepolder is a reclaimed part of the Drowned Land of Saeftinghe, a nature reserve in Zeeland. A small part of the polder is situated on Belgian territory.
(Photo: Johan Wieland)