State faces claims over Schiphol expansion

Companies based on the Schiphol Rijk and Forward business parks will claim up to €1bn from the state if the government gives permission for the airport to expand, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Monday.

The companies say they will face a serious disadvantage if transport minister Camiel Eurlings gives the go ahead to the building of a new runway in 2010, which will include the compulsory purchase of some land.
This means the future development of the two business parks will be in doubt, leading to a downturn in investment. Some firms will also have to move, lawyer René Rensing told the paper.
Schiphol says the expansion is necessary to ensure it has enough capacity to meet expected demand at peak periods.

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