Jamben is investigating legal action against the French wind farm
He was speaking in parliament today after being questioned by Isekem’s Carmen Rihull (Vloms Belong) and Mayor Bert Martens (N-VA).
The French government wants to set up a wind farm ten kilometers off the coast of Dunkirk near the Belgian border. It will be spread over an area of 55 square kilometers and will have a maximum of 46 wind turbines, which together will generate 600 MW of electricity. According to Belgium, the location of the park is complex. For example, there is a problem with the historic shipping lanes between Ostend and the United Kingdom. So Belgium suggested an alternative location, further north, but France is currently deaf to that option.
Jumban pointed out that the decision to build was made only by the company and had not yet been made by the French government. “The embassy channel is not dead and buried as far as I am concerned because this is not yet the decision of the government,” he said. “At the same time, we must be realistic. Our objections are now well known to the French authorities, but apparently, we have not yet received clear signals that they will be adequately taken into account,” Jumben said. “That is why we keep all options open. I have already instructed my services to investigate all possible legal options if our diplomatic efforts fail to find a response from the French side.”