Flanders buys coastal dune from Brussels for €61,000
Flanders will finally own a 9,000 square-metre plot of land overlooking the North Sea that has long been owned by Brussels
According to Ouriaghli, the Flemish region's offer to buy the land was accepted "without hesitation" as it has no use to the City of Brussels and cannot be developed.
"We do not have many properties outside the city. This dune was one of the exceptions," he said. The sale will be rubber-stamped by the city council today.
Flanders wants the land back as part of a joint Franco-Flemish project to buy up privately owned parcels of land along the dunes from Dunkirk to Middelkerke to protect local flora and fauna. The dunes are part of the EU's Natura 2000 network of breeding and resting sites for rare and threatened species.