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The Lisbon airport project is headed to court again after eight environmental organisations said they consider the strategic environmental assessment, which does not allow for alternatives, to be illegal.

“The eight Portuguese environmental organisations that took the Portuguese government to court to halt the Montijo Airport construction project will present their position on the uselessness and illegality of the strategic environmental assessment, as planned by the government,” a joint statement on Tuesday said.

In June last year, Zero, the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds, ANP/WWF, A Rocha, FAPAS, GEOTA, LPN and Almargem filed a lawsuit to “prevent the advance of the Montijo Airport construction project”.

At the time, they considered that the government did not consider the airport’s impacts on the Tagus Estuary. The executive agreed to carry out a strategic environmental assessment five months later.

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