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A major project is a regional policy project of which total cost (VAT included) exceeds EUR 50 million. Contrary to the other EU co financed projects which are approved at national or regional level, major projects are adopted by the Commission, following the proposal of the Member State. More information on major projects.

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  • 11 April 2014 - Almost 85 million EU regional funds help to end digital divide in Mazowieckie [Poland]

    More than 1.2 million people and at least 200 small and medium sized enterprises from the Polish region of Mazowieckie will benefit from a high speed internet project just approved by the European Commission. €84.7 million from the European Regional Development Fund will be invested to develop 3,640 km of broadband infrastructure. The EU contribution is part of an overall investment of €122.6 million that will allow the construction of a fibre-optic broadband in order to harmonise the conditions of access of new generation internet services to all citizens and businesses and help to eliminate digital divide within the Mazowieckie region. The implementation of the project which is expected for 2015 will provide 94% of the population of Mazowieckie region with access to Next Generation Access services - an increase of 15 percentage.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, who signed the decision, said “This kind of projects creates the right conditions for businesses and citizens alike. It will allow the whole region to better seize the opportunities offered by the digital economy. This is a perfect example of how Cohesion Policy can directly contribute to meeting the goals of the EU’s growth agenda, ‘Europe 2020’ and assist regions in their economic development.”

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  • 11 April 2014 - EUR 205 million euros of regional funds to upgrade transeuropean railway line in Poland [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of € 205.3 million from the Cohesion Fund to modernize 53 km of the section Warsaw–Działdowo–Gdynia of the E 65/C-E 65 railway line in the Polish regions Mazowieckie & Warmińsko-Mazurskie. The railway line is part of the trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) linking Gdansk and Vienna via Warsaw ad Brno/Bratislava. The investment will improve the transport safety for passengers from Warsaw and the region surrounding the three cities. It will also improve the quality of life of people living directly next to the railway line since it will be more environmental friendly.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, who approved the project, said “This is a good example of how our regional investments can help citizens travel more easily and more safely. This investment will not only ensure traffic safety and modern travel services, but it will support Poland’s shift towards more sustainable forms of transport. This improvement will also increase the competitiveness in the regions covered by this investment by attracting more investors and businesses.”

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  • 10 April 2014 - EUR 51.8 million of EU Regional Fund investments to boost Poland's Energy Security AND Europe's Energy market with high performance electrical grid between Poland and Lithuania [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €51.8 million from the European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) to upgrade the electrical grid between Poland and Lithuania. The project will focus on the building of the Ełk Bis-Łomża line as well as the construction of the power stations at Ełk Bis and Łomża in the Polish regions Podlaskie and Warminsko-Mazurskie. It is the third part of the 'Poland-Lithuania power link' to guarantee the transmission of electricity from Poland to Lithuania. It will help complete the European energy market by integrating electricity energy markets of the three Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and improve the power supply for companies and individual customers alike.This could also help to ease the dependence of the Baltic States still linked to the Russian electricity grid

    EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, who signed this decision, said: “We know how important the issue of energy security and supply is, and how keenly it is felt particularly for countries like Poland and the Baltics States at this time. Projects like this address the question of energy dependence and they are vital to ensure the fulfilment of the European single energy market. It is of great strategic importance to enhance energy security and energy supply to the three Baltic States and to integrate the electrical energy markets of these three countries - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - with the other electrical energy markets in the European Union such as Poland's".

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  • 9 April 2014 - Investing in a Digital Poland: EUR 179 million of EU Regional funds approved [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €179 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for two major Information and Communication Technology projects. One of the projects should make a major contribution to modernizing the way the healthcare sector operates by digitalising healthcare data, which leads to improved service for the patients and also reduces the administrative costs of medical services. The other investment will support the setting up of an online risk prevention system to warn relevant services and the general public of potential dangers such as natural disasters or extreme weather conditions. Altogether these projects are expected to create 100 direct jobs once operational by the end of 2014.

    EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who approved the two investments said, “These projects show how EU Regional Policy is investing jointly in people and business. Opening the healthcare sector to e-administration solutions will considerably influence the development of the information society in Poland, improve competitiveness of this sector and significantly enlarge its contribution to cutting-edge technologies used day-to-day. This also gives healthcare professionals a tool for medical analysis and information sharing to improve the service they give to patients. Using EU Regional Funds to invest in the establishment of an IT-risk prevention system will clearly benefit all of Polish society that will be better prepared for natural and industrial related threats."

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  • 8 April 2014 - EUR 37 million of Regional Funds to boost productive innovation in Poland [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved two research and innovation investments worth EUR 37 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the Polish regions of Lower Silesia and Wielkopolskie. The building of a new plant for the production of state-of-art laminated glass components and the application of innovative technology in the tyre industry will have a positive impact on boosting the country’s competitiveness and growth. The new tyre technologies being used will also bring positive environmental benefits with reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. Both projects are expected to create altogether 600 jobs.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, who approved the projects, said Investing in Research & Development and Innovation is one of the major priorities of regional policy. By introducing innovation in the glass and tyre industry, these two projects will stimulate growth and jobs creation in the regions concerned, and, in broader terms, in the whole country. They will also bring forward applied sciences at European and international levels.”

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  • 7 Avril 2014 - 34,5 millions d'euros de Fonds Régionaux pour agrandir le port Est de La Réunion [France]

    La Commission Européenne a approuvé un investissement de 34,5 millions d'euros du Fonds Européen de Développement Régional (FEDER) pour agrandir le port Est de La Réunion et notamment son terminal à conteneurs afin d'en augmenter la capacité et accueillir les cargos de grande largeur. L'activité économique à La Réunion en sera amplifée et ce projet bénéficiera aux habitants et entreprises de l'île toute entière. 500 emplois seront créés lors des travaux d'extension du port et il est prévu que 665 emplois soient générés dans l’île une fois le projet réalisé en juillet 2015.

    L’Union européenne via le FEDER cofinance 34,5 millions d’euros, le coût total du projet étant de 72,6 millions d’euros. Il s'agit de la deuxième phase de modernisation du port Est de la Réunion. La première phase consistait en l’approfondissement et l’élargissement du chenal d’entrée avec la construction d’un nouveau quai de 600 mètres offrant un tirant d’eau de 15 mètres et avait bénéficié de 30 millions d'euros d'investissement de l'Union Européenne

    Le Commissaire européen en charge de la politique régionale Johannes Hahn responsable de la décision, commente: « Ce projet montre que les Fonds Structurels contribuent au développement de l'activité économique à La Réunion qui, du fait de son caractère insulaire, dépend de manière importante de son activité portuaire. En rendant l'île plus accessible, l'extension du port Est créera des emplois et des opportunités pour les habitants de La Réunion dans leur ensemble. »

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  • 12 March 2014 - Over €196 million EU investment to improve water quality in Poland and the Baltic Sea [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of EUR 196.5 million for a comprehensive modernization of water and waste water management in Warsaw. This investment will have a great positive environmental impact on the water quality not only for Warsaw, but the whole of Poland and the Baltic Sea. The project aims at providing better water quality to the Warsaw population and to treat sewage before discharging into Vistula River in order to reduce the pollution by nutrients. Thus, the project also contributes to meeting the objectives of the European Union Baltic Sea Strategy in the framework of the priority action "reducing nutrient pollution to an acceptable level".

     

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “This project is a good example of how Structural Funds improve the everyday lives of citizens while making sure that Poland complies with European environmental standards on water and waste water management. It will also have a huge positive environmental impact on water quality of the Baltic Sea and help to reduce water pollution in the North of Europe."

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  • 12 February 2014 - More than EUR 150 million of EU regional funds for flood risk reduction and environmental rehabilitation of the Sarno River in Campania [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of more than €150 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to restore and rehabilitate the environment of the Sarno river basin. This project aims at preserving the long-term safety and health of the 900 000 people living in this area who have been regularly heavily hit by floods since twenty years, causing deaths and economic losses – most recently end of January. A hydraulic system that will reduce the flood risk level significantly will be implemented in the riverbed of the Sarno river and of his major tributaries, along the banks and in the areas adjoining. Environmental protection and rehabilitation measures will also be taken. 240 jobs are expected to be created during the implementation of this project which is expected to be finalised by June 2015.

     

    Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy, who signed the approval for this project, said, "This project will contribute to put an end to the continuous emergency caused by the floodings of Sarno's river which provoked in the last twenty years not only serious damage to the environment and to public and private property, but, more importantly, has also led to loss of human lives. This project is a concrete example of how EU Funds can contribute to improve the living conditions of citizens and to rehabilitate this large area in the Campania region. This is of vital importance for the safety of Campania’s citizens as well as for the industry and the economy".

     

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  • 5 February 2014 - EU Regional Funds support EU investment of €9.8m for a biomass-based power plant in Silesia [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €9.8m from the EU Cohesion Fund that makes an important contribution towards Poland's climate change commitments. The investments are for a biomass boiler with a capacity of 50MW in the power plant of Jaworzno in the Polish region Silesia. This replaces an outdated installation. This clean energy project should bring an improved electricity supply as well as less air pollution for people living in one of the most polluted areas in Poland. The biomass-based electricity production plant started selling energy in 2013. With its implementation the share of biomass-based electricity production from the renewable energy production in Poland has increased by 9.8% compared to 2008.

    EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, who signed the decision, said “I am delighted that EU regional funds are used in Poland to support electricity production based on renewable energy. Our decision to co-fund this important project highlights the European Commission’s commitment to supporting projects that significantly contribute to the EU 2020 energy targets. This is also a significant investment in Poland's economic development along the path of sustainable growth and it contributes to the diversification of the energy mix in the country. Citizens themselves benefit from better air quality and energy security is improved."  

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  • 30 January 2014 - EU investments provide major boost for Poland's energy security AND Europe's energy market with high performance electrical grid between Poland and Lithuania [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €32.7 million from the European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) to upgrade the electrical grid between Poland and Lithuania. The project will focus on the building of the Miłosna-Siedlce Ujrzanów line as well as the construction of the power station at Siedlce Ujrzanówin North East Poland. It is part of the Poland‑Lithuania power link project to guarantee the  transmission of electricity from Poland to Lithuania. It will help complete the European energy market and to improve the power supply for companies and individual customers alike.  

    EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, who signed this week's decision, said: This project shows how EU Regional Policy can bring tangible benefits to citizens and businesses. Projects like this are vital to ensure the fulfilment of the European single energy market. It is of great strategic importance to enhance energy security and energy supply to the three Baltic States and to integrate the electrical energy markets of these three countries  ‑ Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia ‑ with the other electrical energy markets in the European Union such as Poland's".

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  • 29 January 2014 - Almost EUR 55 million of regional funds to expand logistic centre in Bari [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of EUR 54.7 million from the European Regional Development Fund to expand the transport system of the Bari Lamasinata logistic center in the Italian region Puglia. One rail warehouse, one rolling maintenance depot and 5 km railway lines to access them will be built in order to facilitate and increase the volume of freights in this area. This project is of strategic importance for Bari and South Italy and contributes to the implementation of international railway transport throughout Europe.It is expected to create 150 jobs during its construction and 40 jobs once it is finished in November 2015.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who signed the approval for this major project said, This project is a good example of how EU regional funds can help developing South Italy's economy by creating better conditions for freight transport to South, North and Eastern Europe and making the region even more attractive for investors and businesses.”

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  • 20 January 2014 - EUR 55 million of Regional Funds to improve road connection in Central Macedonia [Greece]

    The European Commission has approved a major investment of € 55 million from the European Regional Development Fund for the construction of a 10.3 km ring road with 5 intersections, serving as bypass for the city of Katerini in the Greek region Central Macedonia. This will connect the secondary road network to PATHE motorway and more widely with the Egnatia national road. Furthermore it will improve air quality, road safety and quality of life for around 128 000 inhabitants and passengers visiting touristic sites in the Pieria area. 400 jobs are expected to be created during its construction.

    EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who approved the project said, “This project is an example of how EU regional funds can help get Greece back on the path of recovery and growth. It will help to improve competitiveness in Central Macedonia, making the region more attractive to investors. It will also improve the safety and quality of life for citizens”.

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  • 23 December 2013 - Over €250 million EU investment in three major environment projects in Poland [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved investments in three water and waste water management projects in the agglomerations of Czechowice-Dziedzice and Żywiec in the Polish region of Silesia and in Gorzów Wielkopolski in the Lubuskie region. The European Union will contribute EUR 253.7 million from the Cohesion Fund for the three projects, which have a total cost of EUR 406.2 million. The projects will considerably improve the environment by reducing soil and surface water pollution and provide 200 000 people with modern collective sewerage and water supply infrastructure. 40 jobs will also be created once they are implemented.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “These threeenvironmental projects are a good example of how Structural Funds improve the everyday lives of citizens while making sure that Poland complies with European environmental standards on water and waste water management. They will further increase the attractiveness of these three Polish cities, and make them better places to live."

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  • 18 December 2013 - EUR 200 million of regional funds to further develop Naples metro line 1 [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of more than 200 million EUR from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to complete the works on the metro line 1 in Naples. A section of 5.1 km will connect five stations between Dante and Centro Direzionale and ten trains will be purchased. The whole population of Naples will benefit from these improvements with a better quality of urban transport and a reduction of congestion on the main urban road network. The project will also have created a total of 1000 jobs during its implementation and 300 jobs will remain once it will be implemented by end 2015.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who signed the decision, said “This project is an example of how EU regional funds can help developing regional economy and addressing urban mobility challenges. The finalization of the metro in Naples will significantly contribute to develop businesses and improve citizen's life and ensuring safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly travel conditions by reducing substantially CO2 emissions in the third biggest Italian city.”

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  • 18 December 2013 - EUR 13 million of regional funds for a major productive investment in Apulia [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of € 13 million from the European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) to expand the capacity of a plant producing trucks, F1 engines and vans in Foggia, Apulia. A new Research & Development laboratory where reduction of fuel consumption and innovative injection systemswill be researched and implemented has been built and the research activities will kick-start now. Due to this project, 200 jobs will be created and more than 500 jobs will be safeguarded in one of the Italian regions most hit by the economic crisis. The activities in the research center will also contribute indirectly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

     

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “This is exactly the type of project we want to see more of in the future. This project will not only create new jobs for the region, it will do a great deal to help the Apulia region to develop production and research activities in the field of automotive industry and therefore contribute to bring Italy to the path of economic growth.”

     

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  • 17 December 2013 - EUR 144.5 million of EU investments to modernize urban transport in Slovakia [Slovakia]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €144.5 million from the Cohesion Fund for the purchasing of 29 trains to improve the quality of urban transport in 6 Slovak regions: Bratislava, Trnava, Nitra, Trenčín, Košice and Prešov. By modernizing the urban public transport and making it more attractive, the investment will contribute to reducing travel time for 4,1 million people commuting from the regional and suburban areas into the city centers. It will also create new opportunities for employment, education and leisure activities.Another objective of the investment is to achieve a shift from individual road transport to public transport in order to reduce road congestion and CO2 emissions in and around the cities.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, who approved the project, said “This is a good example of how our regional investments can support and improve citizens' mobility. The investment approved today will not only ensure traffic safety and modern travel services, but it will support Slovakia's shift to more sustainable forms of transport. This improvement will also increase the competitiveness of Slovakia by attracting more investors and businesses.”

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  • 13 Dezember 2013 - EU-co-finanzierter City Tunnel Leipzig wird am 14. Dezember offiziell eröffnet [Germany]

    Der City Tunnel Leipzig, das Kernstück des künftigen S-Bahn-Systems von Leipzig/Hallein einem der gröβten Ballungsräume Deutschlands wird am 14. Dezember offiziell eröffnet. Der City Tunnel Leipzig (CTL) wurde mit 225 Millionen EUR von insgesamt 960 Millionen EUR Gesamtkosten vom Europäischen Fonds für Regionalentwicklung (EFRE) mitfinanziert. Hauptbegünstigte des Projektes sind die Einwohner der Städte Leipzig, Halle und der unmittelbar angrenzenden Landkreise, und insbesondere die Pendler als Nutzer des Schienenpersonennahverkehrs, also insgesamt 1,8 Millionen Personen. Die regionale Wirtschaft und insbesondere der Dienstleistungssektor und der Einzelhandel werden auch von Verbesserungen im Nahverkehrs- und Regionalschienennetz profitieren. Die Leizpiger Innenstadt kann schneller und besser erreicht werden und Schätzungen zeigen, dass der Pkw-Verkehr in der Region jährlich um ca. 42,7 Mio. km reduziert wird.

    Das Projekt ist auch überregional wichtig, denn auch die Schnellzüge ICEs können den Tunnel ab sofort durchfahren und der CTL befindet sich auf den Strecken des Transeuropäischen Netzwerkes Karlsruhe/Dresden und Berlin/ München. Geplant ist auch, dass die Benutzung des Tunnels durch die ICEs weiterentwickelt werden kann. Darüber hinaus werden durch die Inbetriebnahme des Projektes 264 neue Arbeitsstellen geschaffen.

    EU-Kommissar für Regionalpolitik Johannes Hahn, der die Mitfinanzierung des Projektes genehmigt hat, kommentiert: “Städte und Regionen Europas zu verbinden und damit den Alltag der Bürgerinnen und Bürger zu verbessern und zu erleichtern ist eines der Hauptziele der EU-Regionalpolitik. Der City Tunnel Leipzig wird nicht nur zur wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung Sachsens in einer umweltfreundlichen Weise beitragen, sondern auch den Einwohnern und Besuchern ein sicheres und schnelleres National-, Regional- und Nahverkehrsnetz bieten."

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  • 11 December 2013 - Almost EUR 83 million EU investments for improved road connection in Central Romania [Romania]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of € 82.7 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the construction of an 18.5 km by-pass for Brasov, the seventh largest city of Romania in the Centre region. The project will improve accessibility to Brasov and therefore benefit industry, businesses and tourism. The life of the 320 000 inhabitants will also be improved by reducing the noise and congestion in the city centre. The project is expected to create around 740 jobs during its implementation.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who approved the decision, said: "This investment is an example of how EU regional funds can improve citizens' living conditions while also helping regions become better places to do business. Safe and secure transport infrastructure is fundamental, not only for the smooth operation of the Union’s internal market, but also for the economic and social wellbeing of the people living in our regions.

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  • 10 December 2013 - Almost 264 million EUR of regional funds to develop public transport in three Polish major cities [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of 263.8 million EUR from the Cohesion Fund (CF) for three major urban transport projects which will significantly improve urban transport services in Wroclaw, Łódź and Warsaw. They are all financed in the framework of the Polish operational programme "Infrastructure and Environment" under the common priority "environment-friendly transport". The projects aim to modernise the public transport systems in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way and will provide around 26.5 million commuters and visitors with improved travel conditions, higher comfort and shorter journey times.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who approved the investments, said “These projects are good examples of the new priorities of our reformed Cohesion Policy. These regional investments strengthen the environmentally friendly public transport, and improve the mobility of our citizens by ensuring safe and reliable travel conditions. Infrastructure development projects of this innovative kind boost economic development and contribute thus to regional competitiveness".

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  • 6 décembre 2013 - 23,5 millions d'euros de Fonds Régionaux pour un complexe hospitalier à la Réunion [France]

     

    La Commission Européenne a approuvé un investissement de 23,5 millions d'euros du Fonds Européen de Développement Régional (FEDER) pour un projet de construction du Pôle Sanitaire de l'Est (PSE) à la Réunion. Le projet, situé sur le site de Bras Fusil à Saint-Benoît, regroupe les structures hospitalières du Nord-Est de l'Ile jusqu'alors réparties dans plusieurs bâtiment du centre ville de Saint Benoit. Il a été mis en service en 2012 et tous les habitants de l'Île, et plus particulièrement les habitants de l'Est et du Nord-Est, profitent de ces structures de soins modernisées. 157 emplois ont été créés dans les établissement sanitaires et médico-sociaux construits et 140 autres seront créés prochainement. Par ailleurs, Le PSE s’inscrit dans un vaste projet de développement urbain de Bras Fusil.

     

    Le Commissaire européen en charge de la politique régionale Johannes Hahn responsable de la décision, commente: « Ce projet montre que les Fonds Structurels contribuent à l'amélioration de la qualité de vie des citoyens de l'Ile de la Réunion. Il permet un meilleur accès aux services de soins dans le bassin Est de l'Ile et par conséquent une meilleure qualité des soins de santé. L'existence d'un complexe hospitalier aussi technologiquement développé peut aussi soutenir l'activité économique et la recherche dans la région. »

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  • 2 December 2013 - EUR 189 million of regional funds for two priority transport projects connecting Slovakia with the rest of Europe [Slovakia]

    The European Commission has approved today €189 million in total from the Cohesion Fund for two transport projects which will vastly improve Slovakia's connections with the rest of Europe and boost its economic development. Both projects are part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

    The first project "D1 Jánovce - Jablonov" firmly establishes the D1 motorway as the key Slovakia's transport corridor connecting the western part of the country to the east leading to the Ukrainian border. The project concerns construction of two road sections of 18.54 km on the D1 motorway (Bratislava – Žilina – Košice – Slovak/Ukrainian border) as well as the construction of 22 bridges and 5 noise barriers.

    This investment comes under the priority axes 2 "Road Infrastructure (TEN-T)" under the operational programme for transport in Slovakia. It ensures the connection from West-Slovakia to the East (Ukrainian border). The European Union, through the Cohesion Fund, will finance the project with €146.3 million out of a total investment of €172.1 million. The implementation is expected to create 500 jobs during construction.

    The second TEN-T project which has recently been completed, concerns a road section of 14.18 km on the R4 Košice-Milhosť and is part of the important TEN-T North-South corridor, connecting Slovakia with Hungary and Romania. It includes also the construction of two interchanges and 14 bridges and will receive funding under the priority axis 2 "Road Infrastructure – Expressways and First Class Roads" of €42.7 million out of a total investment of €50.3 million.

    Following the approval, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, commented:

    “These projects will provide an important contribution to Slovakia's economic development in terms of growth and competitiveness. They are key parts of the TEN-T-network, ensuring Slovakia's connection with priority European transport corridors. As key connection routes between West and the East and the North and South respectively, they are a benefit for Europe as a whole. The transport routes will also clearly improve the mobility of the citizens and ensure faster travel conditions within the country".

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  • 25 November 2013 - EUR 115 million of regional funds to improve railway connections in Puglia [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €115 million from the European Regional Development Fund for two railway projects in Puglia. These projects are part of a strategic transport plan for the region to improve railway transport infrastructure and services for better accessibility, reliability and safety of rail travel. More than 900,000 inhabitants will benefit from these investments and more than 2000 jobs are expected to be created during their implementation.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who signed the approval for this investment said, “These railway development projects are a concrete example of how Structural Funds can help boosting competitiveness in Puglia and improve people's daily life. With the switch of many transport activities from road to rail, Italian citizens will also benefit from improvements to the environment."

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  • 25 November 2013 - Almost 27 million EUR of EU investments for a major environment project in Malta [Malta]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €27 million from the Cohesion Fund in a solid waste management project in the North of Malta. The supported project will considerably improve the environment in the Maghtab area by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, using the remaining residues for recycling and the waste for energy production. 60 000 people will directly benefit from the project and more than 40 jobs will be created once it is implemented.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “This project makes sure that Malta complies with European standards as regards solid waste management, reducing landfilling practices and increasing its control on waste flows. The 60 000 inhabitants of the northern parts of Malta will benefit from a less polluted environment and an improved quality of life".

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  • 25 November 2013 - Almost 114 million EUR of EU investments for three major environment projects in Poland [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved investments in three solid waste management projects in the cities of Konin, Kielce and Olsztyn in the Polish regions Wielkopolska, Swietokrzyskie and Warminsko-Mazurskie. The total amount for all three projects is €113.9 million from the Cohesion Fund. The supported projects will considerably improve the environment by reducing landfilling practices and create more than 170 jobs once they are implemented.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “These projects make sure that Poland complies with European standards as regards solid waste management, reducing landfilling practices and increasing its control on waste flows. The 500,000 inhabitants of these three cities will benefit from a less polluted environment and an improved quality of life".

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  • 14 November 2013 - EUR 136.6 million of EU regional funds to improve logistics and transport connections in Sicily [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved two investments of €136.6 million in total from the European Regional Development Fund to improve significantly logistics and transport connections in Sicily. The first investment is the extension of the Metro of Catania with €88.7 million. With this project, the existing metro line will be extended by 5 km and 6 new stations will be built. The promotion of sustainable mobility in the Catania urban region and the reduction of urban congestion are the main objectives of this project. Furthermore the city centre of Catania will be connected to its outskirts and the neighbouring town of Misterbianco. Around 350,000 inhabitants will benefit from this project. It is expected to create 180 jobs during its implementation and should be finalised by 2015.

    The second investment with €47.9 million is the construction of a transport logistics hub in Termini Imerese in the Northern coast of Sicily, an area recently affected by the FIAT factory recent closure. Administrative offices, storage areas and a system which combines different forms of transport will be established. The new logistics centre will contribute to increase the volume of freights and to implement regional transport infrastructure like Trans European Transport Networks (TEN-T) and corridors. It is expected to create 224 jobs during its implementation and should be operational by begin of 2017.

     Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who signed the decision, said “These projects are good examples of how EU regional funds can help developing Sicily's economy while contributing to improving the mobility of the citizens, ensuring safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly travel conditions and making the region even more attractive for investors and businesses.”

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  • 11 November 2013 - More than EUR 108 million of EU investments to improve water quality of the Campania coast [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved two investments of more than €108 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to improve significantly water quality of the Domitian coast and the Phlegrean Fields areas in the Campania Region. These projects are part of a comprehensive water management strategy in Campania for a total investment of more than €500 million that will be co-financed by the European Union. The main objectives of the two projects are the environmental improvement of one of the most polluted areas in the Campania Region as well as fostering their tourist attractiveness by making bathing possible on more than 60 km of the coast.

    The major project in the Domitian coast involves the construction of sewerage systems and waste water treatment plants in order to improve the environmental quality of the water. It will make bathing possible on 45 km of the coast and will therefore attract tourism and reinforce economic development.

    The major project “Phlegrean Lakes” involves the construction, completion and improvement of the sewerage system serving the Phlegrean Fields area, as well as the environmental remediation of coastal lakes of Averno, Lucrino, Miseno and Fusaro in one of the most polluted areas in the region. More than 9,000 inhabitants from these municipalities will benefit from the new sewage system.

    Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy, who signed the approval for these two investments, said,"These projects are a good example of our regional investments contributing to improved living conditions of citizens. At the same time the projects help to protect and rehabilitate costal environment in the context of a comprehensive, environmentally friendly strategy in the water sector. This is of vital importance for Campania’s tourism industry and economy".

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  • 11 November 2013 - Major EU Regional Funds investment approved by the European Commission concerning electronic ticketing on public transport in the Athens metropolitan area [Greece]

    The European Commission has approved a major investment of €29.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund that aims to modernize the urban transport ticketing in the wider metropolitan area of Athens. The available co financing will ensure putting in place an Integrated Electronic Ticket System related to the public means of transport operating under the competence of the Athens Urban Transport Organization Group (OASA). It includes metro, urban/suburban railway, buses, and tram.

    EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who approved the project said, "This project represents an important step towards the modernization of Athens urban mobility system. It will facilitate the use of transport means by the Athens residents, its visitors and tourists. It is one of the "priority projects", as identified by the Greek authorities in cooperation with the European Commission and considered vital for the quality of life and wellbeing of its citizens."

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  • 11 November 2013 - EUR 75.1 million of regional funds for the Palermo metro [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €75.1 million from the European Regional Development Fund for the extension of the metro of Palermo in Sicily. With this project, the existing metro line in Sicily's biggest city will be extended by 1.7 additional kilometres and 3 new stations will be built. The promotion of sustainable mobility in the Palermo metropolitan area and the reduction of urban congestion are the main objectives of this project. Furthermore it aims at improving the commuter traffic and the transport system within the city itself and between the city and the rest of the region. Around 700,000 inhabitants will benefit from this project. It is expected to create 750 jobs during its implementation and should be finalised by the end of 2015.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who signed the decision, said “This project is a good example of how EU regional funds can help developing Sicily's economy. It will contribute to improving the mobility of our citizens, ensuring safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly travel conditions and making the region even more attractive for investors.”

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  • 8 November 2013 - EUR 97 million of regional funds to extend the metro in Porto [Portugal]

     

    The European Commission has approved an investment of € 96.97 million from the Cohesion Fund to extend the light metro system in Portugal’s second largest metropolitan area of Porto. The investment "Extension of the Light Metro of Oporto between Dragão stadium and Venda Nova" covers the extension of the “Orange line” that was open to the public in late 2010. 6.76 km of double track light railway and 10 metro stations, including a 980 m long tunnel were built. 64 permanent jobs are expected to be created. The Oporto light rail system is highly popular for its fast, reliable, comfortable and environmentally sustainable travel, carrying around 200 000 passengers daily and reducing the number of cars and pollution in the urban areas.

    This project is part of a list of priority major projects that was established in 2007 and confirmed in 2012 in Portugal. The Commission is closely monitoring their implementation while helping the authorities to optimize the use of EU investment.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “This project is a good example of how EU regional funds contribute to improving the mobility of our citizens, ensuring safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly travel conditions and making the region even more attractive for investors”.

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  • 4 novembre 2013 - 66,2 millions d'euros de Fonds Régionaux pour décongestionner le trafic routier à Fort de France [France]

    La Commission Européenne a approuvé un investissement de plus de 66 millions d'euros du Fonds Européen de Développement Régional (FEDER) pour un projet de Transport Collectif en Site Propre (TCSP) en Martinique. Le projet devrait générer la création d’environ 2.000 emplois durant la phase des travaux.

    Il consiste de l’aménagement d’un site routier à double sens de 14 km et permettra d’améliorer les conditions de circulation d’environ 70% de la population martiniquaise, soit 274.000 personnes. Elle offrira aussi une meilleure desserte des zones commerciales et d’activité de l’agglomération concentrées entre l’échangeur du Lamentin et l’aéroport. Les nuisances environnementales liées à la prépondérance de l’utilisation de la voiture privée ainsi que les temps de parcours pour les usagers des transports en commun seront réduits.

    Le Commissaire européen en charge de la politique régionale Johannes Hahn responsable de la décision, commente: «Ce projet est très important pour la Martinique et sa capitale Fort de France. Le décongestionnement du centre névralgique de l’île améliorera la qualité de vie des habitants et soutiendra l’activité économique de manière durable. C’est aussi projet qui contribue à la protection de l'environnement si précieux de cette région.»

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  • 21 October 2013 - EUR 155 million of EU funds to rehabilitate one of the most deprived areas in the Eastern part of Naples [Italy]

    Today the European Commission has approved an investment of more than €155 million from the European Regional Development Fund to rehabilitate one of the most disadvantaged areas in the City of Naples. The project includes the upgrading of the existing road network, improvement of accessibility to infrastructures and rehabilitation of public spaces. It will also create more than 500 jobs and provide new opportunities for the 3.5 million inhabitants of the Naples metropolitan area and businesses operating in the area, contributing to the economic development in the region Campania.

    Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy, who signed the approval for this major project, said"This project in Naples is a concrete example of how cohesion policy can provide a tangible contribution to the rehabilitation and renewal of a highly deprived urban area. With the project we are addressing urgent urban, economic and environmental challenges in line with the new priorities of the future EU cohesion policy. This investment will surely have a very positive impact on both people and businesses in Naples and the Campania region."

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  • 18 October 2013 - EUR 69 million of EU regional funds to upgrade the Rostock-Berlin railway line [Germany]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €69 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the modernization of 63.5 km of the railway line between Rostock and Berlin in Germany. This railway line, being an integral part of the Trans-European Networks (TEN-T), plays a significant role in ensuring smooth traffic flow between two key cities in the northeast of Germany. It will primarily benefit the citizens of Berlin and of the Länder Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg. The improvement indirectly contributes to the Baltic Sea Strategy by providing better access to the Baltic Sea Region as well. The project is expected to be finished by end 2015 and its implementation will create around 200 jobs.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn commented the decision as follows: “This is a tangible example of EU investments improving the quality of life of German citizens and making their region more attractive to investors. Safe and environmental friendly transport infrastructure is fundamental, not only for the smooth operation of the Union’s internal market, but also for the economic and social wellbeing of the people living in metropolitan and surrounding areas.”

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  • 26 September 2013 - EU Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn approves EUR 75 million of regional funds to restore Naples historic centre [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €75 million from the European Regional Development Fund to restore the historical centre of Naples in the Italian region Campania. This UNESCO World Heritage Site will find a new life thanks to the restoration for cultural and social purposes of parts of Naples' monumental heritage, currently abandoned or underutilized. With this investment, the Historical Centre will be given back to the million habitants of Naples and 800 000 tourists visiting the city every year. Beside the 330 jobs that are expected to be created during its implementation, the project will provide new opportunities for people and businesses and contribute to the economic development of the region.

    Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy, who signed the approval for this major project, said"This project in Naples is an example of how the support of Italy's rich cultural heritage with Regional Funds is part of investing in the economic development of the country and its regions. This particular project in Naples is a concrete example of an integrated urban initiative focused on a culturally and historically highly valuable area with the aim of addressing urban, economic and environmental challenges. Making our cities better to live, work and invest in is one of the key priorities of EU Regional Policy. This investment is bound to have very positive impact on both people and businesses in Naples and the Campania region".

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  • 24 September 2013 - EUR 62.6 million of EU regional funds to support better transport in Poland and boost rail travel [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved two investments worth €62.6 million from EU Regional Funds for projects that will bring clear benefits to people's everyday lives once they are completed. The projects will boost rail travel in Kraków and allow the reconstruction of a bridge over the Vistula linking the Mazowieckie and Lubelskie regions.

    The project to modernise the public transport system in Poland’s second biggest city Kraków and its vicinity, consists of upgrading both railway line 109 and Kraków Central Station. It will also mean the building of new parking facilities as part of a Park & Ride system. This project will increase the share of environmentally friendly rail passenger transport in Kraków and its surroundings and improve transport safety and efficiency.

    The reconstruction of the bridge over the Vistula (with access roads at Kamień )that was destroyed during the Second World War will improve businesses' and citizens' daily life significantly. There will be no need for them to drive one hour to find the next bridge crossing the Vistula. Not only is the construction expected to create around 650 jobs during construction, the Lubelskie region will also be much better accessible and economic development in the region will be boosted.

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  • 20 September 2013 - EUR 112 million of EU investment for clean water in Vigo [Spain]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €112 million from the European Regional Development Fund to a waste-water treatment project in the city of Vigo in the Spanish region of Galicia. The modernization of the waste-water treatment plant had to be done to address the challenges due to intense industrial activity and to the need of having top quality water for the shellfishery and mollusc cultivation. The investment will bring improved water quality for some 420,000 people living around the Vigo estuary and will ensure that the discharge of urban wastewater meets the EU environmental standards.

    The project is expected to create 1000 jobs during its implementation and 60 new jobs will be created once it is operational.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said "This project is a concrete example of how Structural Funds can both contribute to achieve environmental goals in compliance with the EU legislation and to develop the economy in the region. The quality of life of citizens is enhanced and economic activities that rely on clean water such as aquaculture and tourism can be developed in a more sustainable way."

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  • 16 September 2013 - EU Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn announces more than EUR 108 million of EU investments for growth-enhancing projects in Poland [Poland]

    Today on a visit to Warsaw to discuss EU Regional Policy investments in Poland, Commissioner Johannes Hahn announced the approval by the European Commission of three major projects that will boost the country's research and innovation capacity, improve competitiveness and create jobs.

    The investments are worth €108.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Poland. They will contribute to building the CEZAMAT research center in Warsaw and two new production plants in Pilkington Automotive Poland in the Świętokrzyskie region and HS Wrocław enterprise in Dolnośląskie.

    The projects are expected to create at least 700 jobs once they are completed. They are all financed by the Polish Regional Policy programme “Innovative Economy”.

    In his capacity as Regional Policy Commissioner, Johannes Hahn signed off the projects. Speaking from Warsaw where he has been holding discussions on structural funds in Poland he said Investing in Research & Development and Innovation is one of the major priorities of regional policy. These three projects are an excellent example of the kind of thing we want to see more of in the future. They will not only generate growth at local level through creating job opportunities but they will also have a positive impact on the overall economy of the regions concerned and, in broader terms of the country, through introducing innovations in the automotive and aircraft industry, and bringing forward applied science at European and international level. I very much hope they will also make a contribution to reversing the brain drain.”

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  • 12 September 2013 - Reinforcing digital economy in Sardinia: EUR 41.5 million of regional funds for a major broadband project [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €41.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund for a broadband infrastructure project in Sardinia.

    This project aims at setting-up an almost 2.6 million meters long fibre-optic infrastructure with new-generation technologies (NGAN) for a better connection of public and private operators. In addition, it will provide new services to the population in areas that are not covered yet. 1,045,000 Sardinian citizens, 242 municipalities, about 5,379 public administration offices and 413,152 buildings will have access to digital economy. This puts Sardinia fully in line with the Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative "A Digital Agenda for Europe". The project is expected to create 120 jobs during its implementation.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who signed the approval for this major project said"Projects like this will have huge benefits for businesses and citizens. This initiative in particular will allow Sardinia to seize the opportunities offered by the digital economy. This is a perfect example of how Regional Policy can help Europe's recovery and directly contribute to meeting the goals of the EU’s growth agenda, 'Europe 2020'. Providing fast and reliable access to the internet will play a vital role in helping regions in their economic development."

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  • 30 August 2013 - Almost EUR 126 million from EU regional funds for Polish urban transport projects [Poland]

    An investment of €125.8 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF) has been approved by the European Commission for two projects improving the urban transport systems in the tri-city metropolitan area of Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot and in the city of Rzeszów. The projects will improve travel conditions for commuters, make the cities’ public transport systems more accessible for users with reduced mobility and lead to a reduction in pollution. This greener public transport will have a positive impact on residents’ quality of life.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “Those two projects are tangible examples of how EU investments can help to modernise the urban transport system, improve the mobility of Polish citizens, cut travel times, reduce pollution and ensure safe and sustainable transport conditions. Those projects will also make both regions more attractive to investors and its citizens.”

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  • 20 August 2013 - EU regional funds investment of €35.6 million for highway linking Santomera and Mar Menor [Spain]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €35.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the construction of a highway connecting the AP-7 motorway in Santomera with Mar Menor in the Spanish region of Murcia.

    By connecting the interior of Murcia with the coast, the highway will enhance the accessibility of all municipalities along the stretch, and their connectivity with the airport and coastline. The highway construction gives an economic boost to the region, allowing the creation and development of industrial parks, residential areas, agricultural development and tourism. The new connection will also lower traffic on the Murcia‑Cartagena highway.

    Commenting on the approved investment, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn said “This highway project plays a crucial role in connecting people and business in the Murcia region. The faster connection between the coast and the interior of the region will bring clear improvements to the quality of life of all residents in the area."

    The project involves the construction of 30 km of dual carriageway with two lanes each way from Zeneta to San Javier. Cycle lanes of 29.4km are also part of the project, in order to promote sustainable mobility and environmental sustainability. The construction and management of the highway has created 240 jobs.

    The investment comes through the Operational Programme “Murcia” under the priority axis "Transport and Energy". The European Union, through the ERDF, will finance €35.6 million out of a total investment of €111.4 million.

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  • 20 August 2013 - Almost €20 million of EU regional funds to transform a former power plant into a cultural centre in Łódź, Poland [Poland]

    The European Commission will contribute €19.6 million from the European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) to revitalise a former power station in the Polish city of Łódź, which is of great architectural and historical value. The facilities of the power plant will be turned into a Film Arts Centre featuring a gallery, theatre, library and shopping/dining mall as well as into an interactive Science and Technology Centre.

    EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, who signed the decision, said “This project is a good example of revitalization of deprived areas which is a key priority of the EU urban policy. It will stimulate growth in the region since it will spur other investments and increase its attractiveness. Citizens themselves will also benefit from the new cultural and artistic facilities."

    This investment will not only benefit the cultural, scientific and technological communities of the region of Łódzkie, but also the pupils and students for whom special thematic trails and exhibitions will be organised. It will contribute to enhancing the attractiveness of the city while preserving those buildings of high architectural value. The project should be completed by end 2013 and is expected to create 165 new jobs.

    The investment comes through the Operational Programme for the Łódzkie region under the priority axis "Revitalisation of urban areas". The European Union, through the ERDF, will finance €19.6 million out of a total investment of €53.5 million for the whole project.

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  • 26 July 2013 - A major waste water treatment project around Bucharest receives EUR 130 million of regional funds [Romania]

    The Commission has approved an investment of €130 million from the Cohesion Fund to a waste water treatment project around Bucharest. This project will generate important health and environmental benefits in Bucharest and its surroundings.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “This investment will significantly improve the quality of life of the more than 2 million citizens around Bucharest. It will improve the water quality of the Dambovita river and hence be beneficial for the human health of the population. It will also enhance the economic attractiveness of the area for businesses and companies."

    The project consists of investments in the waste water infrastructure in the municipality of Bucharest and its eleven surrounding areas in the county of Ilfov. It includes the rehabilitation and extension of the waste water collection and treatment systems providing full waste water treatment before discharge into sensitive waters. Thanks to the project, the quality of the Dambovita river will also meet the objectives assigned by the corresponding river basin management plan.

    Today's decision approves the contribution for the phase I of the project covering the years 2009-2015, which costs €258 million in total. The European Union, through the Cohesion Fund, will finance €130 million. The investment is part of the "Environment" sectorial programme. The total cost of the project (phase I and phase II) amounts to €416.5 million.

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  • 24 July 2013 - More than €400 million EU Regional Funds to modernise Czech railway [Czech Republic]

    An investment of more than €400 million from EU regional funds has been approved by the European Commission to support the modernisation of the Czech railway system and bring it in line with EU standards.

    The three separate projects will help complete priority routes that make up the Trans-European Network to make the country more attractive to businesses and investors as well as making travel easier for ordinary citizens.

    €262 million will go to two projects that are part of the Czech III national railway corridor. As part of the Trans-European Network (TEN-T), it will, once completed, establish a direct connection between Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

    The main purpose of the projects is to modernize the 30.75 km railway line between the Czech and Slovak state border and Český Těšín in the Eastern part of the Moravia-Silesia region. The projects are intended to be finalised in August 2013. The investment comes through a programme called "Transport” under the priority axis "Modernization of the TEN-T Railway Network". The European Union, through the Cohesion Fund, will finance €262 million out of a total investment of €465.5 million

    In addition to this an investment of almost €150 million from EU regional funds has been approved to modernize 23.65 km of the railway line between Beroun and Zbiroh in the Czech regions Central Bohemia and South West. It is part of the Trans-European Transport Network and a priority route that connects Athens to Prague. The project is also an element of the overall modernisation of the Western railway branch from Prague to Plzeň. It is anticipated that it will increase speed on the rail network up to 155 km/h .

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who approved the decisions said “This is a good example of how EU regional funds are helping to support sustainable, clean transport in the Czech Republic and beyond.  Also, by helping to modernise the rail network, there will be clear benefits for passengers in terms of transport safety and reduced journey times. Czech citizens will find travelling to other member states easier and by supporting two of the EU's priority transport links this investment will also contribute to the smooth operation of the Union’s internal market. That in turn makes the Czech Republic more attractive for investors and businesses with hugely beneficial consequences for the development of its regions and their economies.”

    The investment comes through a programme called "Transport” under the priority axis "Modernisation of the TEN-T Railway Network". The European Union, through the Cohesion Fund, will finance €149.97 million out of a total investment of €255 million.

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  • 23 July 2013 - EUR 27 million EU regional funds for the Katowice airport in Silesia [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of € 27 million from the Cohesion Fund to upgrade the Katowice International Airport in Silesia.

    The Katowice International Airport located approx. 30 km north of Katowice in Pyrzowice is part of the TEN-T network. The project involves the construction of a new runway, the upgrade of the existing apron and the reconstruction of three existing taxiways.

    After the project's completion, the airport will be able to accommodate most types of aircraft. Passenger and cargo traffic will therefore increase. By 2020 the number of passenger per year should reach 4 million.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “The modernisation of the airport of Katowice will have a positive impact on the economic development of the region of Silesia. By enabling more passenger and cargo traffic, this investment will improve the quality of life for many Polish citizens. It will also make the region even more attractive for tourism and businesses."

    The investment comes through a programme called ""Infrastructure and Environment" and is financed via the priority axis "TEN-T road and air transport network". The European Union, through the Cohesion Fund, will finance EUR 27 023 263 of the total EUR 67 349 864. The project is expected to be finished by end 2014.

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  • 18 July 2013 - EUR 10 million of regional funds to restore the maritime character of the Mont Saint Michel [France]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €10 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to complete the restoration of the maritime character of the Mont Saint Michel in Basse Normandie, France.

    With the restoration, the project aims to protect the biodiversity and ecosystem, and reduce the CO2 emissions on the Mont Saint Michel site. It will also improve the beauty of the site, and hence increase tourism. The project involves hydraulic works on the upstream of the dam to enhance the storage capacity, the destruction of the old parking at the foot of the Mont, the replacement of the old dam and the construction of a new bridge walkway integrated within the landscape.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “This investment will improve the environmental quality of the Mont Saint Michel site and reduce the pollution caused by the traffic and parking of vehicles close to the Mont. It will also be beneficial to the local economy that will prosper thanks to the expected increase of tourists visiting the upgraded site."

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  • 16 July 2013 - A boost for clean and secure energy in Poland: European Commission approves more than €200 million EU regional funds for liquefied natural gas terminal [Poland]

       

  • 10 July 2013 - Poland's First Wind Energy Farm : €10 million of EU regional funds approved by the European Commission [Poland]

    The first wind farm in Poland – situated in the region Lubuskie - has been granted €10m in EU regional funds as part of a major project that will help the country meet its climate change goals and benefit more than one million citizens. This major investment in clean energy will support a wind farm in the city of Golice.This should bring an improved electricity supply as well as less air pollution for people living in the area. The project should also help create around 600 direct and indirect jobs. It will make an important contribution towards Poland's EU climate change commitments in terms of the share of renewable energy sources in the overall energy production, notably 15% by 2020.

    EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, who signed the decision, said "I am delighted that EU Regional Funds are supporting Poland's first wind farm project. Our decision to co-fund this important project highlights the European Commission’s commitment to supporting projects that significantly contribute to the EU 2020 energy targets. This is also a significant investment in Poland's economic development along the path of sustainable growth. Citizens themselves will benefit both in terms of an improved and cleaner energy supply and in terms of new jobs that the project can bring to the region."

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  • 4 July 2013 - Thessaly to benefit from EUR 41.9 million of EU regional funds to upgrade the National Road [Greece]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €41.9 m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for a road project in the Greek region of Thessaly.

    The construction of 7.8 km of new sections and the upgrade of 16.2 km existing sections of the National Road between Larissa and Trikala will benefit the population of both cities -around 400 000 people- as well as  the economy of the regions of Thessaly and Epirus. In fact, this project will contribute to facilitate the connection of the Egoumenitsa port (Epirus, Ionian Sea) with the Volos port (Thessaly, Aegean Sea). 300 jobs are expected to be created during the implementation of the project.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “This project is an example of how EU regional funds can help get Greece back on the path of  recovery and growth. This project will help to improve the region's competitiveness, making them more attractive to investors. It will also create the right conditions for growth and jobs and improve the safety and quality of life for citizens. ”

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  • 1 July 2013 - EUR 196 million of regional funds to modernise railway in Slovakia [Slovakia]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €196.5 million from the Cohesion Fund to upgrade a key railway line which is part of the TNE-T network in the Slovak region of Trenčín. The investment involves the reconstruction, electrification and upgrading of a 20.4 km long section of the railway line between Bratislava and Žilina, the modernisation of level crossings and railway stations.

    The main objective of this project is to increase railway transport effectiveness through improvements of track speed, better safety, and optimization of the quality of services. The project also contributes to a reduction of noise and air pollution. 600,000 inhabitants of the region and other international travellers using this European corridor, will profit from these improvements. The implementation of the project is expected to create 140 jobs.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, who approved the project, said: “This is a good example of how our regional investments can help citizens travel more easily and more safely. The investment approved today will not only ensure safer traffic and modern travel services, but will support Slovakia's shift to more sustainable forms of transport. This project will also increase the competitiveness of Slovakia by attracting more investors and businesses.”

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  • 1 July 2013 - First major projects under EU Cohesion Fund for Croatia for clean drinking water and unpolluted rivers and seas [Croatia]

    The European Commission has approved a contribution of nearly €103 million for the first two major projects to be implemented under the EU’s Cohesion Fund for Croatia. The investments will benefit 150 000 residents in the regions of Osijek and Porec as well as 75 000 expected tourists per year. The projects will contribute to the protection of Croatia's water resources through improved water supply and integrated wastewater management system and 300 jobs are likely to be created as the projects are implemented.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, who approved the two decisions, said: “Croatia has now become the EU’s 28th member state. As such it will now benefit from investments like these ones to help it onto the path of sustainable growth. These projects are a good example of our regional investments contributing to improved living conditions of citizens, while protecting Croatia’s rivers and its sea at the same time. This of course is also of vital importance for Croatia’s tourism industry and so is an investment in Croatia’s economy as well as its environment.“


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  • 25 June 2013 - 37.7 million euros of regional funds to develop road infrastructure in Vilnius [Lithuania]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €37.7 million from the Cohesion Fund for one road project in Vilnius, Lithuania. The 2,84 km long six-lanes bypass in the Western part of Vilnius City is part of the Trans-European Transport Network. It will significantly improve accessibility to the capital and foster the development of economic activities in the South-Eastern part of Vilnius.

    Commuters will also have a better access to social services located in the city center and to the International Vilnius Airport and traffic congestions in the Western part of Vilnius will be reduced. The project is expected to create more than 420 jobs during implementation.

    Following the approval, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “This is a good example of our regional investment contributing to improving the mobility of our citizens by ensuring safer and more environmentally friendly travel conditions. Infrastructure development projects boost competitiveness and contribute to the strengthening of the overall economy”.


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  • 21 June 2013 - 802.9 million euros of regional funds to develop public transport in Warsaw [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of more than € 801 million for two major development transport projects in Warsaw (€26.4 million from the European Regional Development Fund, and €776.5 million from the Cohesion Fund) which will significantly improve urban transport services in the Polish capital. The projects aim to modernise the public transport system in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way and will provide around 2 million commuters and visitors with improved travel conditions, higher comfort and shorter journey times.

    The project “Warsaw metro line II” is divided in two subprojects: the preparatory works for the entire second metro line, the construction of the central station, the development of technical infrastructure and the purchase of 35 trains. It is expected to be implemented by end 2014.

    The project “Rolling Stock for the regional connections in Warsaw Metropolitan Area” has been realised in 2012 and concerns the purchase of new rolling stock (14 train units) for passenger transport on the railway lines of metropolitan area of Warsaw. It contributes to the improvement of the economic and social cohesion in the region by facilitating accessibility to Warsaw for commuters.

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  • 20 June 2013 - EU regional funds help to end Poland's digital divide with a major broadband project in Wielkopolskie [Poland]

    Nearly 800,000 people living in the region of Wielkopolskie will benefit from a high speed internet project just approved by the European Commission. €67 million from the European Regional Development Fund will be invested to develop 4,000 km of broadband infrastructure.

    The EU contribution is part of an overall investment of €83.4 million that will allow the distribution of broadband infrastructure with a network of fibre-optic regional "backbones". The goal is to provide open access to internet service providers and help to eliminate Poland's digital divide. Currently most less developed regions in Poland are deprived of basic broadband services.

    The implementation of the project by 2015 will provide 72% of the population of Wielkopolskie region with access to Next Generation Access services - an increase of 23%.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “Projects like these will create the right conditions for businesses and citizens alike. This will allow the Wielkopolskie region to seize the opportunities offered by the digital economy. This is a perfect example of how Cohesion Policy can directly contribute to meeting the goals of the EU’s growth agenda, ‘Europe 2020’ and assist regions in their economic development. These are the kind of investments we want to see more of in the future.”


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  • 19 June 2013 - EUR 355.5 million of regional funds to develop transport infrastructure in Gdańsk [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €355.5 million from the Cohesion Fund for two transport development projects in the city of Gdańsk. The investment will significantly improve road and urban transport in the Polish region Pomorskie.

    The first project "Gdańsk Urban Transport Project – Stage III A" encompasses the expansion and upgrading of the Gdańsk tram network. It supports the shift from road transport to clean urban transport in order to decrease CO2 emissions and to make the suburban transit more attractive for the citizens. The upgraded tram network is better adapted to the needs of disabled and elderly people.

    The second project is the construction of the S7 expressway section along the Southern Ring road of the City of Gdańsk in the biggest metropolitan area of the province (around 1 million people). It is part of the TEN-T network and aims at creating a road system connecting the main external road linkages of Gdańsk. Once completed, the project will significantly reduce the heavy-load transit traffic to and from the centre of Gdańsk, improve traffic flow and considerably shorten journey time from the eastern part of Gdańsk to Gdynia, and then on to Szczecin.

     

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  • 19 June 2013 - EUR 120 million of regional funds to develop road infrastructure in Germany [Germany]

    The European Commission has today approved an investment of €120 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for a major road construction project in Thuringia, Germany. The project is expected to bring greater capacity, higher traffic speed and better connection for passengers' and goods' traffic.

    The investment concerns the construction of a section of the motorway A71, between highway Kreutzer Erfurt  (A4) and interchange Südharz (A 38)  in Thuringia. Both sections affected form part of the Trans European Network (TEN-T), thus the project will not only ensure better connectivity but will also fill an inportant transport gap.

    Approving the project Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “Such infrastructure development projects play a significant role in connecting people and businesses in the regions and at EU level. Thus these projects will contribute to growth and competitiveness. German citizens will also largely benefit in their everyday lives from the improved travel conditions".


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  • 18 June 2013 - 7 million EUR of regional funds for an urban transport project in Pisa, Tuscany [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of EUR 7 million from the European Regional Development Fund for a high speed driverless light railway project in the city of Pisa, Tuscany.

    The project will not only upgrade and modernise the transport service between the main train station and the Pisa airport, it also aims at reducing the use of private transport means and therefore CO2 gas emissions in and around the city of Pisa. 60 jobs are expected to be created during the project implementation.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who signed the approval for this major project said, This high tech railway development project is a concrete example of how Structural Funds are helping the economy in Tuscany to develop in a vital way. With the switch of transport activities from road to rail, citizens and tourists will also benefit from improvements to the environment. At the same time the project will contribute to our wider climate goals under the Europe 2020 Agenda."

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  • 14 June 2013 - EUR 85 million in regional funds to build new section of D1 motorway in Slovakia [Slovakia]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €85 million from the Cohesion Fund in a project to construct a section of the D1 motorway between Fričovce and Svinia in Slovakia. The new section is a key part of the EU’s transport networks of strategic rail and road links (TEN-T) connecting Bratislava, Žilina and Košice. The Slovak population, as well as international transport companies will benefit from this improved accessibility, road capacity and safety.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said "This is a good example of our regional investments contributing to the completion of the internal market, and to the improved mobility of citizens, in safe and modern travel conditions. This improved access across Slovakia will benefit trans-regional and international transport and is therefore good for business and potential investors.”

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  • 12 June 2013 - Podlaskie to benefit from EUR 52.2 million EU investment in a waste treatment plant [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €52.2 million from the Structural Funds in a solid waste treatment project in Białystok in the Polish region Podlaskie. The existing landfill sites will be rehabilitated and a biodegradable waste composting plant modernised, thanks to this injection of funds. Along with the environmental benefits to local citizens, the project will also produce heat and electricity, generating an additional source of revenue for the region.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “This project brings Poland into line with European standards in solid waste management - reducing landfill and improving management of waste flows. It will also greatly benefit Białystok residents, protecting the environment and their quality of life".

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  • 12 June 2013 - Peloponnese and Crete to benefit from EUR 134 million in EU regional investment for new roads [Greece]

    The European Commission has today approved an investment of €134m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in road building projects in Peloponnese and Crete. In Peloponnese, €47m will go towards the new connection between the deviation of Patras and the PaThE motorway (linking the port city with Athens, Thessaloniki and Evzoni). Meanwhile €87m will be invested in the construction of a new 15 km section from Agia Varvara to Agioi Deka (Kastelli) on the island of Crete. 

    The constructions are both priority projects - as identified by the Commission with the Greek authorities, and they will improve the regions’ connectivity, providing citizens with better and safer travel conditions.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “These projects improve the regions’ competitiveness, making them more attractive to investors. As well as creating the right conditions for growth and job creation, they also improve safety and quality of life for citizens and are contribution to the completion of the entire Internal Market.”


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  • 10 June 2013 - EUR 32 million of regional funds for a University Hospital in Estonia [Estonia]

     

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €32 million from the European Regional Development fund (ERDF) for the construction of a part of the Maarjamõisa Medical Campus of Tartu University Hospital in Tartu, Estonia.

    The investment focusses on one building that will include the outpatient and day care department of the Hematology and Oncology Clinic, outpatient and day care department of the Internal Medicine Clinic, Eye Clinic surgery unit and outpatient reception, Laboratories, Department of Cardiac Surgery including its Intensive Care Unit, Endoscopy Centre as well as staff cloakrooms, Radiotherapy unit of the Radiotherapy Department, General Pharmacy of the hospital, pathology autopsies.

    The project will improve the treatment conditions for around 500 000 people who will have better access to medical care. A higher concentration of medical expertise will significantly reduce the risk of complications, and increase the patients' safety and satisfaction. The cooperation between the disciplines of science and education will be more efficient and the project is expected to create 55 new jobs.

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  • 4 June 2013 - 98 million euros of regional funds to develop urban transport in Poland [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €98 million in two major developments projects in Poland (€52 and €46 million from the Cohesion Fund) which will significantly improve regional and urban transport services in Mazovia province and Warsaw. The projects aim to modernise the public transport system in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way and will provide commuters with improved travel conditions in the region such as higher comfort and shorter journey times.

    The project in Mazovia involves the purchase of 16 new trains (railway rolling stock) to serve F. Chopin International Airport and Modlin International Airport and to improve urban transit services in the E-65 corridor (forming part of the TEN-T) and the Warsaw agglomeration. The project is expected to attract 2.4 million additional passengers per year, gradually increasing the number of people using rail infrastructure.

    The objective of the project in Warsaw is to modernise a part of Warsaw’s existing tram network between Wileńska station, the National Stadium and Washington roundabout over a section of approximately 3 km.  The project also involves the purchase of 30 low-floor trams. The line will have a significant impact on improving the operation of public transport within the city, as well as regional and suburban connections into Warsaw.

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  • 27 mai 2013 - Un co-investissement de 80 millions d'euros pour la Nouvelle Route du Littoral à la Réunion [France]

    La Commission Européenne a approuvé un investissement 80 millions d'euros du Fonds Européen de Développement Régional (FEDER) pour la première phase de construction de la "Nouvelle Route du Littoral" sur l'Ile de la Réunion.

    Le projet consiste à réaliser une nouvelle route de 12,63 Km à deux fois deux voies sécurisées en remplacement de l’actuelle RN1 entre Saint-Denis et La Possession. 18 700 emplois devraient être crées lors de la réalisation de ce projet.

    Le Commissaire européen en charge de la politique régionale Johannes Hahn commente cette décision: « Ce projet est un bon exemple qui montre que la politique régionale contribue non seulement au développement économique mais aussi à la mise en place de moyens de transport durables afin de respecter l’environnement à la Réunion. Sa réalisation améliorera la mobilité des habitants région et la connexion plus rapide entre les deux pôles économiques de l’île attirera les investisseurs et les entreprises. »

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  • 22 May 2013 - More than EUR 96 million of regional funds to improve water quality in Portugal [Portugal]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of € 96.7 million of regional funds for the 'AGUAS DO AVE' project in the Portuguese region Norte. This is a major water supply and wastewater treatment project to supply the Ave Valley with improved water quality.

    The project involves the design and construction of 26 new wastewater treatment plants including collecting and pumping systems. Some 580,000 citizens in the Ave Valley will benefit from improved water quality due to a discharge of urban wastewater which meets EU environmental standards. Some 60 permanent jobs are expected to be created with the implementation of the project which covers 12 municipalities.

    The project is part of a list of major priority projects that was established in 2007 and confirmed in 2012 in Portugal. The Commission is closely monitoring their implementation while helping the authorities to optimise the use of EU investment.

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  • 17 May 2013 - EU Regional Funds (18.8 million EUR) for faster broadband in North West England [United Kingdom]

    The European Commission has approved a major broadband project for North West England. The investment of €18.85 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will ensure that businesses and premises in Cumbria have access to next generation broadband by 2015. A minimum of 90% of Cumbria broadband infrastructure will deliver speeds in excess of 30 megabits per second (mbps). 2,800 Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises will be connected to this superfast broadband network as a result of the project and a further 12,450 SMEs will have the possibility to access it.

     

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, who approved the project, stated: “Projects like this will have huge benefits for businesses and citizens. This initiative in particular will allow North West England to seize the opportunities offered by the digital economy. It is a perfect example of how Regional Policy can help Europe's recovery and directly contribute to meeting the goals of the EU’s growth agenda, ‘Europe 2020’. Providing fast and reliable access to the internet will play a vital role in helping regions in their economic development.”

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  • 15 May 2013 - Commission approves EUR 166 million in regional funds for a railway project in Slovenia [Slovenia]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €166 million from the Cohesion Fund to upgrade a key railway line in Slovenia. The investment will improve the quality and competitiveness of cargo, increase the traffic speed and bring more travel security on the line. The line is part of the trans-European transport (TEN-T) network and is one of the priority TEN-T railway corridors between the European Union and other European countries.

    The project involves the reconstruction, electrification and upgrading of a section of 160 km/h on the railway line between Pragersko and Hodoš, the modernisation of level crossings and the construction of subways on railway stations.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, who approved the project, said “This is a good example of how our regional investments can help citizens travel more easily and more safely. The investment approved today will not only ensure traffic safety and modern travel services, but it will support Slovenia's shift to more sustainable forms of transport. This improvement will also increase the competitiveness of Slovenia by attracting more investors and businesses.”

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  • 14 May 2013 - Commission approves €120 million EU Regional Funds to modernise Czech railway [Czech Republic]

    An investment of almost €120 million from EU regional funds was approved today to support the modernization of the railway in the Czech Republic. The project is one of the priority routes that make up the Trans-European Network. As such, once it is completed it will establish a direct connection between Prague and Germany. 

    The main purpose of the project is to modernize the 21.66 km railway line between Zbiroh and Rokycany in the Eastern part of the Plzeň Region. This will bring the entire railway infrastructure on this stretch into line with EU and international standards. The work is the next step of the now completed improvements between Prague Cheb and the German border via Plzeň.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who approved today's decision said “This is a good example of how EU regional funds are helping to support sustainable, clean transport in the Czech Republic and beyond.  Also, by helping to modernise the rail network, there will be clear benefits for passengers in terms of transport safety and reduced journey times. Czech citizens should find travelling to other member states easier and as one of the EU's priority transport links this investment will also contribute to the smooth operation of the Union’s internal market. That in turn makes the Czech Republic more attractive for investors and businesses”.

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  • 2 Mai 2013 - La Commission approuve un co-investissement de 2,5 millions d'euros pour le tramway de l’agglomération de Valenciennes [France]

    La Commission Européenne a approuvé un investissement 2,5 millions d'euros du Fonds Européen de Développement Régional (FEDER) pour la troisième phase de construction du tramway de l’agglomération de Valenciennes dans la Région Nord-Pas de Calais.

    Ce projet permettra de relier Valenciennes au Pays de Condé sur un tracé de 15,5 km, de réorganiser l’espace routier existant autour du tracé de la ligne de tramway et d’installer des stations de tramway. C’est une partie du projet global « Transvilles » qui consiste à mettre en place un réseau de transports dans l’agglomération de Valenciennes afin d’accroître la qualité et la quantité de l'offre de transports collectifs dans la région.

    Le Commissaire européen en charge de la politique régionale Johannes Hahn commente cette décision: « Le tramway de Valenciennes est un bon exemple qui démontre que la politique régionale contribue à améliorer la qualité de vie des citoyens en augmentant l’offre de transports publics et l’accessibilité des communes qu’il dessert et en réduisant le trafic routier dans la région et les émissions de CO2. Ce projet aura aussi un impact positif sur les activités économiques et l’urbanisme des communes traversées.»

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  • 30 April 2013 - Commission approves EUR 64 million of regional funds for a major railway connection project in the Southern Italian region of Puglia [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of EUR 64.3 million from the European Regional Development Fund for a railway project in Puglia. The project will reduce travel time for both freight and passengers. It will also significantly improve the reliability and safety of rail travel in this part of Southern Italy. The main effect of the project will be the doubling of the Bari – Taranto line, with 10.5 km of new double track line from Bari to Sant’Andrea Bitetto.

    Beyond the improvements over the existing line, the Italian authorities have committed to upgrade the technical and operational standards of the line in accordance with EU legislation by installing the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) over the rail network in the Italian Convergence regions.

    Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn who signed the approval for this major project said, This railway development project is a concrete example of how Structural Funds are helping in a vital way the economy in Puglia to develop. Our policy, working hand in hand with the Italian authorities is playing a crucial role in connecting people and businesses. This in turn is boosting the region’s competitiveness. With the switch of many transport activities from road to rail, Italian citizens will also benefit from improvements to the environment while also helping to contribute to our wider climate goals under the Europe 2020 Agenda.

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  • 26 April 2013 - Commission approves more than EUR 22 million of regional funds for to improve water quality in Portugal [Portugal]

    The European Commission has today approved an investment of €22.2 million from the Cohesion Fund to the 'SIMARSUL' project in the region of Lisbon. This is a major wastewater treatment project to bring improved water quality in the Tagus Estuary. Its estimated that some 325,000 people living around the peninsula Setúbal of should benefit.

    The project covers the municipalities of Barreiro, Moita and Seixal and involves the construction of sanitation infrastructure for wastewater collection and treatment. This will ensure that the discharge of urban wastewater meets the EU environmental standards. This project is part of a list of priority major projects that was established in 2007 and confirmed in 2012 in Portugal. The Commission is closely monitoring their implementation while helping the authorities to optimise the use of EU investment.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said "This project is a concrete example of how Structural Funds can both contribute to achieve environmental goals in compliance with the EU legislation and to develop the economy in the region. The quality of life of citizens is enhanced and economic activities that rely on clean water such as aquaculture and tourism can be developed in a more sustainable way."

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  • 25 April 2013 - Commission approves EUR 831 million of EU investments to modernise road infrastructure in Poland [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved investments worth €831 million from Regional Funds for the modernization of three of Poland's major roads. The funding will support five separate projects on the S7, and S8 expressways and the A2 motorway. All of them are part of the Trans European Transport Network - and create a vital connection through Poland, the countries of Western Europe and those situated on the eastern side of the Polish border.

    These are investments in a secure road infrastructure for Poland and its regions, providing comfort for long-distance road travel and reducing travel time for transit traffic. They also establish safer travel conditions for companies and their customers as well as tourists visiting the country. They are all financed by the Polish regional policy programme “Infrastructure and Environment”.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “These projects play a crucial role in connecting people and businesses in the regions and across the EU. They are strategic investments that should boost the economy and competitiveness both for Poland and beyond. They should prove a draw for investors and Polish citizens will also benefit hugely from improved travel conditions. "

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  • 18 April 2013 - Commission approves EUR 149.4 million of regional funds for major broadband projects in Eastern Poland [Poland]

    The European Commission has today approved an investment of €149.4 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) out of a total investment of €187.3 million to develop 6,100 km broadband infrastructure in three regions of Eastern Poland Podlaskie, Podkarpackie and Warminsko-Mazurskie. Nearly half a million people will benefit from broadband access.

    The projects involve the distribution of broadband infrastructure and the construction of a fibre-based regional backbones in order to provide open and non-discriminatory access to providers of internet services and help to eliminate the digital divide in less developed regions in Poland currently deprived of basic broadband services. The investments directly contribute to reaching the objectives of the ‘Digital Agenda for Europe’ in terms of basic broadband access and Next Generation Access (NGA) services and open door to the digital economy in these regions. 1668 jobs are expected to be created due to the implementation of the projects.

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  • 16 April 2013 - Commission approves EUR 42 million of regional funds for modernizing the waste collection system in Romania [Romania]

    The European Commission has today approved an investment of €42 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to modernize the waste management system of Iasi County, Romania in order to ensure that inhabitants all across the county have access to sustainable sanitation services and that the area complies with the environmental requirements of the European Union. An awareness campaign will also be launched in order to enhance the effectiveness of the investment.

    The investment will improve the waste management system in Iasi through developing and extending waste transfer services, modernising waste collection equipment, extending landfilling capacity and closing non-compliant landfills.

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  • 12 April 2013 - Commission approves EUR 54 million in regional funds for a flood prevention project in Romania [Romania]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €54 million from the Cohesion Fund in a project to prevent floods in Romania and to develop systems to deal with the effects, including pollution. It will ensure an increase in the safety and effectiveness of existing water management infrastructures across the country, thereby enhancing the quality of life of Romanian citizens, particularly the 1.5 million inhabitants, living in the areas most exposed to flood risks.

    The project involves the modernisation of equipment for preventing floods and associated risks, mitigating flooding effects, including pollution, to optimise the safety and effectiveness of existing infrastructures and capacity of the National Administration of Romanian Waters to respond adequately to floods. Improvements to flood and pollution monitoring and measuring equipment are also foreseen, including to gauging stations with the necessary hardware and software, and the creation of coordination and rapid response centres in case of flood disasters.

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  • 10 April 2013 Commission approves EUR 26 million of regional funds for an innovative production plant in Poland [Poland]

    The European Commission has today approved an investment of €26 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in a project to construct a new production plant, create Research and Development jobs and implement an innovative technology of production of a fundamentally improved product in the form of modern Oriented Strand Boards with improved surface. Kronospan is an international company producing wood-based finishing materials: today’s investment will see the building of a new innovative technology plant for ‘Oriented Strand Boards’, which will be of great importance for the construction industry. The project also builds a sustainable cooperation with local SMEs and the Institute of Wood Technology in Poznań to develop and improve the products offered by the company through joint Research and Development.

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  • 10 April 2013 - Commission approves EUR 71 million of EU regional funds for an airport project in Crete [Greece]

    The European Commission has today approved an investment of €71 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to expand Chania airport in Crete, giving a real boost to the island in terms of attracting tourists and business. The airport is also part of the ‘Trans-European Airport Network’, improving accessibility across the European continent, which is vital for growth.

    The project envisages a four-storey terminal building, the construction of a six-storey control tower and a two-storey car park, as well as a new waste management facility. The expansion and modernisation project will help bring the airport into line with the standards of international organisations, such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Air Transport Association (EATA). These are intended to improve levels of security and comfort for passengers.

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  • 10 April 2013 - Commission approves EUR 13 million of regional funds for a new research centre in Poland [Poland]

    The European Commission has today approved an investment of €13 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in order to diversify production and strengthen research and development in the international company, Brembo in Upper Silesia, Poland. Brembo manufactures brake disks for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, ensuring higher safety levels for passengers.

    The project creates a new research and development department and constructs a foundry for this innovative technological line of brake disk for the world class automotive industry. It also develops a sustainable cooperation with local small and medium enterprises, in particular through the ‘Silesian Automotive Cluster’.

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  • 04 April 2013 - Commission approves EUR 93.7 million of regional funds for the modernisation of the Macedonia State Airport in Greece [Greece]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of around € 93.7 million from the Cohesion Fund to upgrade the second biggest Greek airport, the Macedonia state airport in Thessaloniki.

    The project involves the modernisation and expansion of a take-off and landing runway along with its parallel runway. It will be expanded by 1000 metres towards the sea and will reach a length of 3440 m.. After the project's completion, the airport will be able to accommodate most types of aircraft. Passenger and cargo traffic will therefore increase and transatlantic flights as well as long-haul flights can be carried out without stop-overs.

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  • 27 March 2013 - Commission approves EUR 35.8 million of regional funds for the extension of the commercial port of Augusta in Sicily [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved today an investment of EUR 35.8 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for a port extension project in Augusta, Sicily. The objective of the project is to expand and adapt the existing port infrastructure for the traffic of large containers in order to increase maritime logistic transport in the region.

    This project is inserted in an wide-ranging framework of infrastructure works for intermodal transports in eastern Sicily, whereas Catania and the port of Augusta are part of the EU transport network. The port of Augusta which will be expanded is situated about 30 km from Siracusa and about 50 km from Catania. Therefore, the expansion of the port is projected to produce beneficial effects to the overall economy of Eastern Sicily.

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  • 25 March 2013 - Commission approves EUR 145 million of regional funds for a Black Sea coast protection project in Romania [Romania]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of more than €145 million from the Cohesion Fund for an environmental project along the  Black Sea Coast in South East Romania. The region attracts more than 8 million visitors a year and the rehabilitation of the coast should prove an added draw with benefits for business and local people alike.  

    The project will focus on five of the areas most exposed to accelerated erosion along a 7.3 km stretch of the coast. Formally known as "Protection and Rehabilitation of the Southern Black Sea Coast in the Constanta Municipality Area and Eforie North Area", it principally consists of investing in coastal protection infrastructure.  The construction of new defences and replenishing the beach with sand will help to stop the erosion process.

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  • 15 March 2013 - Commission approves EUR 100 million EU co-investment to modernise the rail network in Slovenia [Slovenia]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €100 million from the Cohesion Fund to implement the Digital Radio System (GSM-R) on Slovenia's rail network. This should improve the traffic flow and capacity of the network across the country.

    The project involves the construction and installation of a GSM-R digital radio communication system on the entire public railway network. It will bring the radio communication systems into a single system and should reduce disruptions and train delays.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “This is a very positive step towards the modernisation of the Slovenian rail network. The improvements to the communication system should increase  safety, and reduce  journey times as well as delays. This is an  investment that should l improve the quality of life for many Slovene citizens as well as contributing  to the smooth operation of the Union’s internal market and making  Slovenia more attractive for investors”.

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  • 14 March 2013 - Commission approves major EUR 34 million co-investment to improve railway connections in South Romania [Romania]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of € 34 million from the Cohesion Fund for the upgrading of two Danube bridges railway bridges, Borcea and Cernavoda in order to complete the rehabilitation of the railway line Bucharest-Constanta in the Romanian South development region.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said: "This investment is an example of how EU regional funds can work for citizens, while also helping regions become better places to do business. Safe and secure transport infrastructure is fundamental, not only for the smooth operation of the Union’s internal market, but also for the economic and social wellbeing of the people living in our regions. I welcome any initiative of the Romanian authorities to assure the security of the investments already made on the network with EU funds – indeed that is what we expect. I am sure they will proceed the same way with the rehabilitation of the new Danube bridges.

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  • 11 March 2013 - European Commission approves EUR 30 million of EU Regional Funds for a cutting edge research hub in North West England [United Kingdom]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €30 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to establish what should become Europe’s leading research and commercialisation centre for graphene in Manchester.    

    The project will allow the building of the National Graphene Institute as a national and European research hub to develop cutting edge work into graphene. Graphene is the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material. It offers huge potential for researchers and industry alike in fields from computing to smart phones.

    The institute will work with other research centres and companies in applied research which helps take graphene from the laboratory to the market place, strengthening Europe’s competitiveness in the growing global market for graphene applications.

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  • 7 mars 2013 - La Commission approuve un co-investissement de 70 millions d'euros pour l'irrigation du littoral ouest de l'Ile de la Réunion [France]

    La Commission Européenne a approuvé un investissement de plus de 70 millions d'euros du Fonds Européen de Développement Régional (FEDER) pour l'irrigation du littoral Ouest de l'Ile de la Réunion.

    Cette décision s'applique à la troisième et dernière phase de mise en œuvre du projet de développement économique le plus important de la région initié en 1983 de transférer l'eau de l'est du littoral vers l'ouest du littoral de la Réunion afin de favoriser une utilisation rationnelle et équilibrée des différentes ressources en eau de surface et souterraines. Au total, une surface de 7500 ha sera irriguée afin de développer le secteur agricole dans l'ouest de l'Ile et de subvenir aux besoins en eau potable des habitants de 5 villes de la région. Le projet recouvre aussi un aspect environnemental puisqu’il permet de participer à la recharge de la nappe de la rivière des Galets.

    Le Commissaire européen en charge de la politique régionale Johannes Hahn commente cette décision: « Ceci représente la dernière étape d'un projet très important pour la Réunion. Il est important pour –créer des emplois, pour améliorer la qualité de vie des habitants et surtout pour l'activité agricole. Grâce au rechargement de la rivière des Galets, c'est aussi projet qui contribue à la protection de l'environnement si précieux de cette région. »

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  • 7 March 2013 - Bringing the digital economy to West Wales and the valleys: Commission approves EUR 100 million of regional funds for a major broadband project [United Kingdom]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €100 million from the European Regional Development fund (ERDF) to ensure that all businesses and residential premises in West Wales and the Valleys have access to next generation broadband by 2015. The project directly contributes to reaching the objectives of the ‘Digital Agenda for Europe’ in terms of basic broadband access and Next Generation Access and opens a door to the digital economy in this region.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “Projects like this will have huge benefits for businesses and citizens. This initiative in particular will allow Wales to seize the opportunities offered by the digital economy. This is a perfect example of how Regional Policy can help Europe's recovery and directly contribute to meeting the goals of the EU’s growth agenda, ‘Europe 2020’. Providing fast and reliable access to the internet will play a vital role in helping regions in their economic development.”

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  • 6 mars 2013 - La Commission approuve un co-investissement de 28 millions d'euros pour un centre de recherche à Nancy [France]

    La Commission Européenne a approuvé un investissement de plus de 28 millions d'euros du Fonds Européen de Développement Régional (FEDER) pour la construction du nouveau bâtiment de l’Institut de recherche Jean Lamour à Nancy en France et l’installation de laboratoires de recherche.

    Le Commissaire européen en charge de la politique régionale Johannes Hahn commente cette décision: «Investir dans ce type de projet correspond aux priorités actuelle et future de la politique régionale. Nous voulons soutenir l'excellence dans la recherche et aider à traduire des idées brillantes en perspectives économiques pour la région. Ce projet permet non seulement de créer de nouveaux emplois en Lorraine, mais renforcera à la fois la dimension internationale de la région et son attractivité pour de futurs investissements.»

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  • 5 March 2013 - Commission approves € 78.7 million of EU regional funds for a major environmental project in Kujawsko-Pomorskie [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €78.7 million from the Cohesion Fund to a solid waste treatment plant in the region Kujawsko-Pomorskie that will directly benefit some 700,000 residents of the Bydgoszcz-Torun metropolitan area, where the facility will be based, and bring the area’s management of such facilities into line with EU legislative standards.  

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “This is EU Regional Policy in action: working to the benefit of the quality of life of citizens. Sustainable and efficient environmental management systems are in the interest of all residents of Poland, and of the EU as a whole.”

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  • 1 March 2013 - Commission approves EUR 40 million investment to improve accessibility in Peloponnesus [Greece]

    The European Commission has today approved an investment of € 39.8 million from the European Regional Development fund (ERDF) for a project repairing sections of the Tripoli – Kalamata national road, particularly from Paradeisia – Tsakona.

    The project involved the reconstruction of a 10.2 km part (Paradeisia-Tsakona) of the Korinthos – Tripoli – Kalamata motorway. This section was constructed between 1991 and 2000 under the authority of the Region of Peloponnesus, but has been unusable since 2003 due to an extensive landslide in the area. The reconstruction project aims to boost accessibility to Peloponnesian rural areas, reducing travel time and improving safety.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “This reconstruction was essential and I am pleased to see the investment get the green light. The reconstructed section will serve to further improve accessibility in the Peloponnese region, directly benefiting all motorway users there and building on the success of our previous project, the Korinthos-Tripoli-Kalamata concession.”

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  • 1 March 2013 - Commission approves EUR 34 million EU co-investment for a major environmental project in the Polish region Małopolskie [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved investment in one major development from the Cohesion Fund (CF) in Myślenice in the Polish region Małopolskie which will largely improve the waste treatment and water management systems in the city and its neighbouring area.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said, “This environmental project is a concrete example of how Structural Funds improve the everyday lives of citizens. It will contribute to the establishment of a modern,environmental-friendly and cost efficient waste management systems in Myślenice. This will further increase the attractiveness of this city and improve the quality of life of their inhabitants.”

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  • 01 March 2013 - Commission approves EUR 107 million in EU co-investment for a railway reconstruction project between Stelle and Lüneburg [Germany]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €107 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to a railway reconstruction project between the cities of Stelle and Lüneburg in Germany to improve the traffic flow, capacity and safety of the railway line in Lower Saxony and connections to Hamburg, a major transport hub in Northern Germany.

    The project involves the reconstruction of a section of a high-speed distance track for passenger and goods traffic on the railway section between the cities of Stelle and Lüneburg. This 25 kilometre-long section is part of the Hannover-Hamburg railway line –one of the EU’s strategic infrastructure paths - the Trans-European Networks (TEN-T), and thus plays a key role in ensuring smooth traffic flow across the EU’s internal market.

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  • 26 February 2013 - Commission approves EUR 274 million co-investment for the Struma motorway in Bulgaria [Bulgaria]

    The European Commission has approved a contribution of EUR 274 million from the EU Cohesion Fund to the Struma Motorway, a major infrastructure project in the Yugozapaden region of South West Bulgaria. Besides providing a faster and safer trans-European connection for EU motorists and carriers, over 600 000 local residents are expected to benefit from shorter travel times, better environmental conditions and connectivity, increasing the attractiveness of their region to business and investment.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn said “This project improves the region’s competitiveness and attractiveness to investors. As well as creating the right conditions for growth and job creation, it also means safer and more sustainable infrastructure for the citizens of Bulgaria and the entire Internal Market.”

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  • 22 February 2013 - Poland gets green light for EU funding for three major projects in transport and environment [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved investments in 3 major projects in Katowice, Lublin and Pomorskie, totaling €241 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund, which will greatly improve transport and environment systems across the country.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “I am happy to give the green light to these projects which will bring tangible benefits to the everyday lives of millions of citizens. This is EU Regional Policy – the main investment arm of the Union budget, in action - boosting the competitiveness of our regions and improving the quality of life of EU citizens.

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  • 20 February 2013 - Commission invests EUR 91 million for flood control in Hungary’s Danube Valley [Hungary]

    The European Commission has today approved an investment of €91 million from the Cohesion Fund for a flood control development project that will make life safer for the residents of Hungary’s Danube Valley. The "Danube flood defence" project involves the construction of new defences against flooding as well as modernising existing structures.

    Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said: "This is a good example of our regional investments contributing to a better quality of life for our citizens. This increased security will also bring clear economic benefits as business and potential investors will know they are  better protected against flood damage. It is also fully in line with the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, thereby extending benefits to the Macro-Region as a whole."

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  • 19 February 2013 - Commission approves EUR 66.5 million of regional funds for a major broadband project in Poland [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of EUR 66.5 million from the European Regional Development fund (ERDF) to the construction of 2,908 km broadband infrastructure in Lubelskie. This project directly contributes to reaching the objectives of the ‘Digital Agenda for Europe’ in terms of basic broadband access and Next Generation Access and opens a door to the digital economy in this region. As a result of the project, 316,000 more people will be covered by broadband access in one of Poland’s less developed regions and 92.7% of the population is expected to be within the reach of basic broadband infrastructure, which is an increase by approximately 15%.

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  • 19 February 2013 - Commission approves EUR 66.5 million of regional funds for a major broadband project in Poland [Poland]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of EUR 66.5 million from the European Regional Development fund (ERDF) to the construction of 2,908 km broadband infrastructure in Lubelskie. This project directly contributes to reaching the objectives of the ‘Digital Agenda for Europe’ in terms of basic broadband access and Next Generation Access and opens a door to the digital economy in this region.

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  • 14 February 2013 - Commission approves EUR 330 million investment for extension of the Prague metro [Czech Republic]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of € 330 million from the Cohesion Fund in a project to extend the main metro line in the Czech Republic’s capital city. The project "Extension of Metro Line “A”– Section V.A Dejvická-Motol" will see 6km of new line, including 4 extra stations being built. More than 127 000 citizens from North West Prague will be served by the extended route and will benefit from improved accessibility to the Czech Republic’s main hospital.

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  • 08 February 2013 - Commission approves EU co-investment of EUR 21 million in Rostock-Berlin railway construction [Germany]

    The European Commission has today approved an investment of €21 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in a railway construction project in the German Länder of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg. This project will boost the capacity, traffic speed and security of the railway line at regional as well as cross-regional level. More information

  • 08 February 2013 - Commission approves EUR 26 million of regional funds for the re-construction of the wastewater system in Bratislava [Slovakia]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €26 million from the Cohesion Fund to reconstruct two wastewater treatment plants in the Danube area of the Bratislava region that will directly benefit over 600 000 residents and bring the city’s management of such facilities into line with EU legislative standards. The project modernises the existing treatment process of the Vrakuňa and Petržalka plants and will reduce groundwater pollution, improving the quality of life of all those connected to the sewage facilities. More information

  • 30 January 2013 - Commission approves EUR 751 million investment for rail improvements in West and Central Romania [Romania]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of € 751 million from the Cohesion Fund for the Sighisoara – Coslariu section of the Brasov – Simeria railway line, vastly improving passenger and freight transport in West and Central Romania. The counties of Mures, Sibiu and Alba will benefit from better accessibility, making the region more competitive and attractive to investors. The project is also part of a wider trans European transport priority axis, to improve travel connections across Europe. More information

  • 9 January 2013 - Commission approves EUR 69 million of regional funds to connect German regions [Germany]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €69 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for a major motorway construction project that will bring improved security, accessibility and economic development to the regions involved. The project in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany involves the construction of the 3rd section of the highway A14. This will provide a vital connection between the cities Magdeburg, Schwerin and Wismar. The first two parts of the construction were approved in 2010 and 2011. More information

  • 8 January 2013 - Commission approves EUR 15 million of regional funds for an airport terminal in Slovenia [Slovenia]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €15 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for a new airport terminal building at Ljubljana’s Jože Pučnik Airport that will improve transport connections across the region and make it much easier to handle more air passengers through Slovenia’s capital and the surrounding area. The existing terminal building will also be renovated to ensure the comfortable flow of travelers in modern surroundings. More information

  • 7 January 2013 - Commission approves EUR 20.6 million for a major water management project in Latvia [Latvia]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €20.6 million from the Cohesion Fund to a major water management project in Riga. The project is the fourth phase of a long-term investment programme from 1995 to 2025 for improving the Latvian capital’s drinking water and waste water management system. In the currently defined territory of agglomeration the project is the third phase to be co-financed by EU funds. It foresees the construction of a new drinking water treatment plant in Baltezers and the extension of the water supply and sewerage networks in Marupe, Katlakalns and Bolderaja. More information

  • 19 December 2012 - Commission approves EUR 84 million of regional funds for the flagship environment project in Bulgaria [Bulgaria]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €83.7 million from the European Regional Development Fund for the flagship environment project in the Bulgarian capital city Sofia. The project aims at the establishment of a modern, compliant and integrated municipal waste management system for the city and shall supplement the measures already implemented by the municipality in this respect. It will contribute to reaching the national targets established to cover the requirements of the EU waste legislation. More information

  • 18 December 2012 - EU Cohesion Fund invests €51 million to improve quality of life for Lithuania’s capital [Lithuania]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €51 million from the Structural Funds for a major Trans-European Road Network project: “Road E85: Vilnius City Southern Bypass”. The project, which is expected to benefit citizens across the Baltic states and further afield, upgrades and widens a street of 7.67 km length to become a roadway of standard urban highway in order to ensure a higher capacity of traffic and safer driving conditions. It will also significantly ease the transport of goods and services across this part of Europe. More information

  • 18 December 2012 - Commission approves EUR 24 million of regional funds for major investment in renewable energy technology in Italy [Italy]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €24.5 million from the Structural Funds to a major industrial investment in a production plant for so called thin film technology photovoltaic cells and modules in Catania, Sicily. The project will produce 240 MegaWatt/year of photovoltaic cells and modules with multi-junction thin-film technology at an industrial site in Catania, which will in turn it is hoped will be used for the production of solar energy for domestic and industrial use. More information

  • 18 December 2012 - Commission approves EUR 16 million of regional funds for a major bridge project in Greece [Greece]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €16 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for a major bridge project in Central Macedonia. The project is among a list of 181 co-funded priority projects of high investment value which was identified by the Commission together with the Greek authorities in November 2011. When the bridge is built, it will complete the 7.7 km road between Patrida and Naoussa. This will connect the cities Veroia – Naoussa - Skydra and Edessa. More information

  • 18 December 2012 - Commission approves EUR 71 million of regional funds for a major flood protection project in Greece [Greece]

    The European Commission has approved an investment of €71.4 million from the Cohesion Fund for a major flood protection project in the Greek region of Western Attica. The bed of the Eshatia River from Iliou Square to the junction with the Efpiridon pipeline will be adapted in order to ensure anti-flood protection for the communities of Ilion, Agioi Anargyroi, Kamatero and Fyli. More information

  • 22 October 2012 - Commission awards 26 million euros of regional policy funds for a major energy infrastructure project in Poland [Poland]

    On 22 October, The European Commission approved a major energy infrastructure project "Strachocina Underground Gas Storage Facility" in the Polish region Podkarpackie. With total estimated costs € 46 m and an EU contribution of € 26 m, this investment aims to increase the active capacity of underground gas storage facilities in the region and therefore in whole Poland in a context of growing demand for natural gas and to raise the level of energy security, guaranteeing an uninterrupted supply irrespective of technical, climatic or political events. The implementation of the project will benefit to all final gas consumers, i.e. the power and heat generation sector, industry, services and households.

  • 18 October 2012 - Commission awards 29 million euros of regional policy funds for a major electricity infrastructure project in Poland [Poland]

    On 18 October, The European Commission approved a major electricity infrastructure project "Construction of the Ołtarzew 400/220/110 kV substation – part of the Poland-Lithuania electricity interconnection" in the Polish region Mazowieckie. With total estimated costs € 52 m and an EU contribution of € 29 m, this investment will enable the connections of electricity substations in the Warsaw region with the Bełchatów, Kozienice and Pątnów power stations. The project is part of the Poland-Lithuania power link project in the framework of trans-European energy networks as well as part of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan which is designed to fully integrate the electrical energy markets of the three Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with the other electrical energy markets in Europe.

  • 8 October 2012 - Commission awards 99 million euros of regional policy funds for a major road project in Greece [Greece]

    On 8 October, The European Commission approved a major road project "Vertical Axis of Egnatia Odos, Siatista - Krystallopigi, Section: Koromilia-Krystallopigi" in the Greek region Ditiki Makedonia. With total estimated costs € 150 m and an EU contribution of € 99 m, this investment contributes to the construction of the 20,3 km long new part Koromilia - Krystallopigi of the Siatista - Krystallopigi vertical axis. With this part, the vertical axis of a length of 72 km, of which 51 km are already open and operational turns into a fully closed motorway. This project is part of the Transeuropean Network (TEN-T) and Paneuropean Axis "Greece – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – Austria" and will contribute to commercial, industrial and touristic growth in the region since the Koromilia – Krystallopigi trajectory to be travelled in 12 minutes instead of 29.

  • 8 October 2012 - Commission awards 50 million euros of regional policy funds for a major road project in Greece [Greece]

    On 8 October, The European Commission approved a major road project "Vertical Axis 50 of Egnatia Odos, Kozani – Florina – Niki, Section: Florina - Niki" in the Greek region Ditiki Makedonia. With total estimated costs € 74 m and an EU contribution of € 50 m, this investment contributes to the transformation of one part of the Kozani-Florina-Niki road to a closed motorway. This project is part of the Transeuropean Network (TEN-T) and Paneuropean Axis "Greece – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – Austria" and will contribute to commercial, industrial and touristic growth in the region.

  • 8 October 2012 - Commission awards 156 million euros of regional policy funds for a major railway project in Hungary [Hungary]

    On 8 October, The European Commission approved a major railway project "Reconstruction of Budapest–Esztergom railway line Phase I" in Budapest. With total estimated costs € 184 m and an EU contribution of € 156 m, this project is the first phase of an overall project concerning the rehabilitation and capacity enlargement of the Budapest–Esztergom railway line. It consists in the complete reconstruction of a 22 km long line section, the rehabilitation of a 21 km long line section, the second track construction on a 14,7 km long line section, the construction of four new stops, the reconstruction of 14 stations, the construction of separated level road-rail crossings between Budapest and Esztergom and the construction of Park&Ride and Bike&Ride facilities. Around 130 000 citizens will take advantage from the improved transport service.

  • 3 October 2012 - Commission awards 86 million euros of regional policy funds for a major metro line project in Italy [Italy]

    On 3 October, The European Commission approved a major public transport project "Completamento della Linea 6 della metropolitana di Napoli Mostra-Municipio, lotto San Pasquale (stazione esclusa) - Municipio (stazione inclusa)", in Naples, Campania. With total estimated costs € 173 m and an EU contribution of € 86 m, this project is dedicated to the construction of parts a new metro line 6 which will complete the works for the Regional Metro System. The entire population of the metropolitan area of Naples, which are around 2.6 million inhabitants, will benefit from this investment.

  • 28 September 2012 - Commission awards 108 million euros of regional policy funds for a major tramway line project in Italy [Italy]

    On 28 September, The European Commission approved a major public transport project "Sistema di collegamento metropolitano tra Cosenza Rende e Università della Calabria", in the Italian region of Calabria. With total estimated costs € 160 m and an EU contribution of € 108 m, this project is dedicated to the construction of a new tramway line between Cosenza and Rende-University Campus Arcavacata. It is expected that many of the 105,000 inhabitants concerned will shift from private to public means of transport in the urban area between the two cities Rende and Cosenza.

  • 24 September 2012 - Commission awards 15 million euros of regional policy funds for a major cultural and tourist project in France [France]

    On 24 September, The European Commission approved a major cultural and tourist project "Wine cultural and tourist centre", in the French region of Aquitaine. With total estimated costs € 57 m and an EU contribution of € 15 m, this invesment is an innovative equipment dedicated to the theme of wine and vine and will contribute to the support of the wine sector. The centre will be open to all kind of publics and should become an international reference discovery place for the wine civilisations. This project of 10 000 m2 will contain a permanent visit path, an oenotouristic platform, a space for temporary fairs, an auditorium, commercial areas, offices and technical rooms. 450 000 visitors are expected every year and 750 permanent jobs will be created among which 250 for the management of the Centre.

  • 21 September 2012 - Commission awards 223 million euros of regional policy funds for a major bridge and road project in Poland [Poland]

    On 21 September, The European Commission approved a major bridge and road project "Construction of the Northern Bridge Link from the Pułkowa St. intersection to the Modlińska St. intersection and from the Pułkowa St. intersection to the Młociny intersection", in the Polish region Masovia. With total estimated costs € 263 m and an EU contribution of € 223 m, this investment will particularly benefit to the residents of the Bielany and Białołęka districts and more generally to the people living in the Mazovian region, entrepreneurs and service providers from the outskirts of Warsaw and users of the transregional and national transit route.

  • 21 September 2012 - Commission awards 114 million euros of regional policy funds for a major road project in the Czech Republic [Czech Republic]

    On 21 September, The European Commission approved a major road project "Expressway R48 Rychaltice – Frýdek-Místek" in the Czech region Moravia-Silesia. With total estimated costs € 161 m and an EU contribution of € 114 m, this investment will enable a faster connection to Poland and the Slovak Republic while ensuring users' safety and a better traffic fluency.

  • 18 September 2012 - Commission awards 150 million euros of regional policy funds for a major EU scientific research hub in Romania [Romania]

    On 18 September, The European Commission approved a major EU scientific research hub "Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics" (ELI-NP) in Romania. With total estimated costs € 180 m and an EU contribution of € 150 m, this major Research & Development infrastructure will serve as a pan European laboratory that that will involve 40 research and academic institutions from 13 Member States. Czech Republic and Hungary will also host ELI-NP infrastructure.

  • 12 September 2012 - Commission awards 35 million euros of regional policy funds for a major cultural project in France [France]

    On 12 September, The European Commission approved a major cultural project, "Louvre-Lens" in the French region Nord Pas de Calais. With total estimated costs € 73 m and an EU contribution of € 35 m, the Louvre Lens Grand Project aims at creating a museum in the centre of the Lens city. It is an extension of the Louvre Museum of Paris in the context of decentralisation of the policy of the French Culture Ministry.  The invesment is about the construction of the building, the different investments for the exhibition of the collections and the creation of the park around the museum. The project implemention will have a positive impact on the territorial development through the revitalisation of the urban area.

  • 12 September 2012 - Commission awards 63 million euros of regional policy funds for a major electricity transmission project in Poland [Poland]

    On 12 September, The European Commission approved a major electricity transmission project, "Construction of the Ostrołęka–Narew line and modernisation of the stations at Ostrołęka and Narew – as part of the Poland Lithuania power link project" in the Polish regions Podlaskie and Mazowieckie. With total estimated costs € 121 m and an EU contribution of € 63 m, its implementation will lead to the upgrading of the national grid in North East Poland and a high-performance grid infrastructure for electricity transmission between Poland and Lithuania will be created. The investment will thereby help remove barriers to the functioning of the European energy market and the European transmission system.

  • 10 August 2012 - Commission awards 211 million euros of regional policy funds for a major motorway project in Romania [Romania]

    On 10 August, The European Commission approved a major motorway project, "Construction of Timisoara - Lugoj motorway and Timisoara by-pass at the motorway level" in the West region of Romania. With total estimated costs € 248 m and an EU contribution of € 211 m, the purpose of the investment is the design, supervision and construction of the motorway between Timisoara and Lugoj and of a by-pass for the city of Timisoara, part of the northern branch of TEN-T Priority Axis no. 7, which crosses Romania from Nădlac to Constanţa. The total length of the motorway together with the by-pass is 35,125 km.

  • 6 August 2012 - Commission awards 89 million euros of regional policy funds for a major waste water treatment project in Romania [Romania]

    On 6 August, The European Commission approved a major waste water treatment project, "Modernization of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Caras Severin County" in the West region of Romania. With total estimated costs € 133 m and an EU contribution of € 89 m, the project consists in extending and rehabilitating the water and wastewater infrastructure in the municipality of Caras Severin. The investments will benefit a target population of around 138 000 inhabitants, with a final aim of 100% connections to both water and wastewater infrastructures.

  • 6 August 2012 - Commission awards 55 million euros of regional policy funds for a major waste water treatment project in Slovakia [Slovakia]

    On 6 August, The European Commission approved a major waste water treatment project,"Waste Water Treatment Plant North" in the Slovak regions of Topoľčany, Partizánske, Bánovce nad Bebravou. With total estimated costs € 102 m and an EU contribution of € 55 m, the objective of this project is to provide adequate wastewater collection and treatment for seven agglomerations: Topoľčany, Bošany, Solčany, Kovarce, Partizánske, Veľké Uherce and Bánovce nad Bebravou and to reduce the pollution of the surface and ground water and therefore improve the quality of life in the area.

  • 2 August 2012 - Commission awards 52 million euros of regional policy funds for a major energy infrastructure project in Poland [Poland]

    On 2 August, The European Commission approved a major energy infrastructure project, "Szczecin-Lwówek gas pipeline" in the Polish regions of Wielkopolskie, Zachodniopomorskie and Lubuskie. With total estimated costs € 144.54 m and an EU contribution of € 52,12 m, this major project will improve the functionality and technical parameters of the transmission system in North-Western Poland and will contribute to increase security of supply and diversify sources of gas in this area.

  • 2 August 2012 - Commission awards 118 million euros of regional policy funds for a major road project in Italy [Italy]

    On 2 August, The European Commission approved a major road project,"SS. 96 “Barese” – Tronco: Gravina – Bari: Completamento dell’itinerario con adeguamento della sezione stradale" in the region id Puglia, Italy. With total estimated costs € 236.75 m and an EU contribution of € 118.38 m, this project consits in upgrading the whole road S.S. 96 “Barese” to a dual carriage way highway with two lanes per direction. Several bypasses will be also constructed in proximity of the most relevant urban agglomerations. With this project, the connection between the Metropolitan area of Bari and the two cities of Potenza and Matera will be improved.

  • 2 August 2012 - Commission awards 65 million euros of regional policy funds for a major sewerage treatment project in Cyprus [Cyprus]

    On 2 August, The European Commission approved a major sewerage treatment project,"Sewerage System of Kokkinochoria Complex" in Achna, in the south-eastern part of Cyprus. With total estimated costs € 76 m and an EU contribution of € 65 m, this project will enable the collection, conveyance and centralised treatment of the urban sewage effluents for 10 agglomerations in the Kokkinochoria area where at present there are no sewerage networks at all.

  • 2 August 2012 - Commission awards 130 million euros of regional policy funds for a major railway project in Poland [Poland]

    On 2 August, The European Commission approved a major railway project, "Modernisation of railway line E 65/C-E 65 on the section Warsaw-Gdynia, area LCS Gdańsk, LCS Gdynia" in Poland. With total estimated costs € 195 m and an EU contribution of € 130 m, this project will reduce travel time between Warsaw and Gdańsk and contribute to the completion of the Trans-European Transport Network Railway axis Gdańsk–Warszawa–Brno/Bratislava-Wien.

  • 2 August 2012 - Commission awards 30 million euros of regional policy funds for a major road project in Czech Republic [Czech Republic]

    On 2 August, The European Commission approved a major road project, "Expressway R35 Hradec Králové (Sedlice) - Opatovice" in the North East of Czech Republic. With total estimated costs € 80.93 m and an EU contribution of € 30 m, this project will improve the road connection between Prague and Northern Moravia considerably, with further connection to Poland and Slovakia. It will also enable a reduction of travel times and a better traffic fluency, traffic safety and will have a positive impact on the environment.

  • 26 July 2012 - Commission awards 68 million euros of regional policy funds for a major energy infrastructure project in Poland [Poland]

    On 26 July, The European Commission approved a major energy infrastructure project, "Gustorzyn-Odolanów gas pipeline" in the Polish regions of Wielkopolskie and Kujawsko-Pomorskie. With total estimated costs € 142.53 m and an EU contribution of € 67,92 m, this major project aims at injecting gas from new supply directions into the network during gas consumption as well as ensuring greater safety of operation between the underground gas storage facilities in the region in the light of the planned capacity expansion at both storage facilities.

  • 25 July 2012 - Commission awards 56 million euros of regional policy funds for a major cultural project in Poland [Portugal]

    On 25 July, The European Commission approved a major project project "Construction of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice", in the Silesia region, Poland. With total estimated costs € 65.84 m and an EU contribution of € 56 m, this major project which consists in the contruction of a venue for the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, a state cultural institution, will also be a space for science, education, the arts and leisure. This investment will have a positive impact on the region's image as regards cultural activities and will enhance the appeal of the country as a whole.

  • 24 July 2012 - Commission awards 22 million euros of regional policy funds for a major railway project in Germany [Germany]

    On 24 July, The European Commission approved a major project project " Electrification of the railway line from Reichenbach to the border of Saxony/Bavaria, Module 2 - construction phase 3- ", in the Land of Saxony, Germany. With total estimated costs € 56.31 m and an EU contribution of € 22 m, this major project aims at bringing higher capacity, higher traffic speed, and better security as a high-speed distance track for passenger and goods traffic on the railway line from Nurnberg to the German-Czech border via Reichenbach in Saxony.

  • 16 July 2012 - Commission awards 39 million euros of regional policy funds for the construction of a production plant in Portugal [Portugal]

    On 16 July, The European Commission approved a major project "Artlant PTA, SA" in the region of Alentejo, Portugal. With total estimated costs € 355.36 m and an EU contribution of € 38.82 m, this major project is a productive investment which consists in the construction and management of a production plant in the industrial area of Sines by Artlant. The plant will produce PTA ("Pure Terephtalthic Acid") , which is a chemical commodity used for the production of PET ("Polyethylene terephthalate"), which is used for food-packaging, and for the production of artificial fibres used in the textile industry. With the implementation of this project, at least 300 jobs are expected to be created.

  • 16 July 2012 - Commission awards 37 million euros of regional policy funds for one major waste water treatment project in Slovakia [Slovakia]

    On 16 July, The European Commission approved a major project "Drinking water supply, sewerage and waste water treatment in Ilava District" in Slovakia.With total estimated costs € 66 m and an EU contribution of € 37 m, this major project aims at providing adequate wastewater collection and treatment for four agglomerations: Dubnica nad Váhom, Ladce, Košeca and Ilava, reducing the pollution of the surface and groundwater and improving the quality of life in the area. The project will also provide drinking water to more than 6000 residents who are currently not served.

  • 12 July 2012 - Commission awards more than 36 million euros of regional policy funds for one major energy infrastructure project in Poland [Poland]

    On 12 July, The European Commission approved a major energy infrastructure project "Kosakowo Underground Cavern Gas Storage Facility" in the Pomorskie province, Poland. With total estimated costs € 64.1 m and an EU contribution of € 36.53 m, this major project consists in the construction of four caverns at the Kosakowo site with a total active capacity of around 100 million m3 of gas. This project aims at increasing the active capacity of underground gas storage facilities in Poland in the context of the growing demand for natural gas and at raising the level of energy security and ensuring uninterrupted gas supply to consumers.

  • 11 July 2012 - Commission awards more than 71 million euros of regional policy funds for one major railway project in Sicily, Italy [Italy]

    On 11 July, The European Commission approved a major railway project "Velocizzazione mediante rettifiche di tracciato e conseguenti modifiche alla linea di alimentazione elettrica della linea di collegamento tra i nodi urbani di Palermo e Agrigento" in Sicily, Italy. With total estimated costs € 102.26 m and an EU contribution of € 71.6 m, this major project aims at reducing travel time and improving safety standard of the Palermo-Agrigento railway.

  • 11 July 2012 - Commission awards more than 66 million euros of regional policy funds for one major energy infrastructure project in Poland [Poland]

    On 11 July, The European Commission approved a major energy infrastructure project, the "Szczecin-Gdańsk gas pipeline" in the Polish provinces West Pomerania and Pomorskie. With total estimated costs € 204.92 m and an EU contribution of € 66.62 m, this major project aims at injecting gas from new supply directions into the network as well as at increasing transmission safety and ensuring uninterrupted gas supply to consumers.

  • 9 July 2012 - Commission awards 9,7 million euros of regional policy funds for one major transport project in London [United Kingdom]

    On 9 July, The European Commission approved a major project "A Cable Car for London" in the United Kingdom. With total estimated costs € 65.56 m and an EU contribution of € 9.7 m, this major project consists in developing a cable car link between North Greenwich and the Royal Victoria Docks in East London. This will provide a new link between employment sites in two 'Opportunity Areas' in East London on either side of the Thames: the North Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks.

  • 4 July 2012 - Commission awards more than 48 million euros of regional policy funds one major waste water project in Slovakia [Slovakia]

    On Wednesday, 4 July, The European Commission approved a major project "Upgrade of wastewater treatment plant, sewerage system and drinking water supply in Trenčín region" in Slovakia. With total estimated costs € 83.72 m and an EU contribution of € 48.34 m, this major project consists in providing adequate wastewater collection and treatment for 6 agglomerations: Trenčín, Nové Mesto, Trenčianska Teplá, Trenčianske Teplice, Trenčianske Stankovce and Chocholná Velčice.

  • 4 July 2012 - Commission awards more than 22 million euros of regional policy funds for one major bridge project in Hungary [Hungary]

    On Wednesday, 4 July, The European Commission approved a major project "Development of Margit Bridge and connecting transport system in Budapest". With € 109.55 m total estimated costs and an EU contribution of € 22.34 m this major project consists in the rehabilitation and improvement of the Margit bridge in Budapest.