The Flemish government has taken the unusual step of summoning the Dutch ambassador in Belgium to a meeting to formally express its irritation at continuing delays in deepening the Dutch section of the Westerschelde estuary, report the media on Thursday.
Flanders and the Netherlands agreed to deepen the estuary in 2005 so that larger ships can access the harbour at Antwerp.
The project was due to be finished this year and Flanders claims delays are costing Antwerp port €70m in lost income a year.
The Flemish side of the work has been completed but delays on the Dutch side continue. The Dutch council of state recently dismissed a licence for dredging work leading to a further delay.
‘Our patience has run out,’ Flemish prime minister Kris Peeters is quoted as having told the Dutch ambassador on Thursday.
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