Germany resists EU over Frankfurt airport
Germany's federal government has backed an expansion of Frankfurt airport despite a European Commission decision to launch infringement procedings against it, according to press reports. The plan for a new runway has already been approved by the Hesse state authorities. The Commission claims that concerns raised by a federal commission over the runway's proximity to a chemicals plant means it would breach the EU's major accident hazards directive, Seveso II. Hesse safety experts instead cleared the highly controversial project. See German environment ministry and European Commission 30 March press release.