Project developer takes Schiphol airport to competition authority

Project developer Chipshol, which has been embroiled in a long-running dispute over land around Schiphol airport, has made a formal complaint to the Dutch competition authority NMa, arguing the airport is abusing its powers.

The long-running Chipshol case began in 2005 when project developer Chipshol went to court accusing local authorities, national government, air traffic control body LVNL and Schiphol airport of working together to prevent it developing a business park close to the airport.
In the intervening years, Chipshol has won damages from various parties, but the part played by the NMa has remained questionable. And last month it emerged that NMa chairman Pieter Kalbfleisch was stepping down to prepare his defence on charges that he lied under oath about the Chipshol case.
In particular, Chipshol wants to know why the NMa has not investigated Schiphol even though an independent report published in 2009 said it appeared the airport group and others were working together to keep other developers out.
The company hopes that with Kalbfleisch out of the way, the NMa will now take the issue seriously.

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