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The Declaration of Environmental Impact (DIA) of the new airport in Montijo is suspended following a precautionary measure presented by a group of citizens and accepted by the Administrative and Tax Court of Almada.

In the decision, to which the Lusa agency had access this Wednesday, it can be read that the precautionary process was accepted on Tuesday and decides the “suspension of the effectiveness of an administrative act, embodied in the DIA”. At issue is a favorable decision conditioned on the Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) on January 21 this year.

In a statement released at the time, APA stated that it had issued a DIA “related to the complementary airport of Montijo, confirming the favorable decision conditioned to the adoption of Solution 2 of the previous study of the southern extension of Runway 01/19 and an alternative solution of the previous study of road connection to the A12 (highway 12) ”. Following the precautionary measure presented by the group of citizens Negociata – Nobody Expects Great Opportunities With Anti-Environment Investments – DIA is now suspended.

In December 2019, this group of citizens had filed a precautionary measure to suspend the Environmental Impact Assessment for the new airport in Montijo and requiring that the Environmental Impact Statement not be issued. With the issuance of DIA in January, the group asked, however, that that precautionary procedure should also be extended to that APA decision, which has now been accepted by Judge Noémia Santos of the Administrative and Fiscal Court of Almada.

The precautionary measure is against the APA, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Action and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing.

Speaking to Lusa, the lawyer for the group of citizens said that this precautionary measure precedes a main action that will be filed in the next few days.

In the coming days we will move forward with the main action where we are going to raise many more vices detected in this process ”, said Miguel Santos Pereira.

The Negociata group points out that ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, the National Civil Aviation Authority, the municipalities of Alcochete, Almada, Amadora, Barreiro, Cascais, Lisbon, Loures, Mafra, Moita, Montijo, Odivelas, Oeiras, Palmela are counter-interested in this process. , Seixal, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Sintra, Vila Franca de Xira and Benavente.

In the suspension decision, the court states that the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Action has ten days to pronounce itself and that the interested parties must be notified with seven days to constitute themselves in the precautionary process.

Lusa has already contacted the Ministry of the Environment, which referred to APA, pending a response from this entity.

On January 8, 2019, ANA and the State signed the agreement for the expansion of Lisbon airport capacity, with an investment of 1.15 billion euros until 2028 to increase the current airport of Lisbon and transform the air base of the Montijo in a new airport.

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