17 June 2019
This follows the EU General Court's annulment of a previous Commission decision approving the support.
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "The Fehmarn Belt link will contribute to the cross-border integration of the two regions it will connect. 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 an in-depth investigation. Today's opening of such an investigation is an invitation for all stakeholders to provide their input, which will allow the Commission to adopt a new, well-informed final decision”.
The Commission has today 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.
The Fehmarn Belt fixed rail-road link is a key element to complete the main North-South route connecting central Europe and the Nordic countries. It includes an undersea tunnel between Rødby on the island of Lolland in Denmark and Puttgarden in Germany and the corresponding rail and road connections on land. The tunnel will be approximately 19 kilometres long and consist of an electrified, double-track railway and a four-lane motorway.
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