European Commission has approved ten major projects worth €3.3 billion for the construction of approximately 330km of new express roads in Poland. The projects will receive contributions from the Cohesion Fund of €1.2 billion and €493 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), reads a DG MOVE press release.
Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, stated: “Transport is a strong driver of economic growth, jobs and trade. It is therefore a priority of the Commission to boost public and private investment in this sector. ESI funds are a prime example and other instruments exist, such as the Connecting Europe Facility or the European Commission’s Investment Plan. I hope to see many other transport projects being supported by the EU in Poland.”
Four major projects located in the regions of Lower Silesian and Lubuskie will receive a contribution of €776.2 million from the Cohesion Fund. Many of the roads are conducted on the track of existing national roads or in their vicinity, and are part of the Baltic-Adriatic TEN-T Core Network Corridor. The projects will eliminate bottlenecks in transport communication, attract business and improve road safety.
The European Commission will also invest €493.3 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in two major projects in the Warmińsko-Mazurskie region where the express road S7 is a part of the TEN-T corridor. The improved connectivity will boost trade and tourism.
Additionally, access to inter-regional connections will be improved thanks to investments worth of €441.3 million from the Cohesion Fund through four major projects in the regions of Podlaskie, Małopolskie, Swiętokrzyskie and Mazowieckie where the Via Baltica, a 970km stretch between Warsaw and Tallinn, constitutes a significant connection between the Baltic States.
The objective of these major projects is to ensure investments for jobs and growth under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment, Priority Axis 3, development of TEN-T core network and multimodal transport.
The co-financing decision for these projects falls under the programming period 2014-2020.
Poland has been allocated approximately €67 billion in Cohesion Policy funding for 2007-2013, and €77.6 billion for 2014-2020.