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Council of Europe - European Court of Human Rights - Flamenbaum a.o. v France (Applications nos. 3675/04, 23264/04)

The ECHR held unanimously that the right to respect for private and family life (art. 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights) and the right for protection of property (art. 1 of Protocol No. 1) were not violated in the case concerning the extension of the main runway at Deauville Airport and the resulting disturbance affecting the properties of local residents. According to the Court, the runway extension project was subject to numerous detailed impact assessment procedures with public participation and the interested public had had reasonable access to justice for remedies and compensation. As for the argument that the decision-making process was fragmented and the public had had no chance to examine the overall project, the Court found that although the Government has to respect individual interests, it can choose “the ways and means of complying with that obligation”.

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