Commission investigates public financing of Fehmarn Belt fixed rail-road link

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A computer generated image made available 19 June 2009 of the bridge which is to be built across the Fehmarn Belt between the German island Fehmarn and the Danish island Lolland. Despite protests by conservationists and residents, the German Bundestag gave green light for the construction of the bridge which will be 19 kilometres long. Denmark will take over the building costs of an estimated 4.8 billion euro while Germany will only have to pay for the train and road accesses on the German side. Some 800 million euro are projected for this.

Commission investigates public financing of Fehmarn Belt fixed rail-road link


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The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation under EU State aid rules into Denmark’s public financing model for the Fehmarn Belt fixed rail- road link between Denmark and Germany, which is a key element to complete the main North-South route connecting central Europe and the Nordic countries.
The Commission previously approved support measures for the financing of the link in 2015, but the Court annulled this decision, finding that the Commission should have opened a formal investigation.

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