€74m Cohesion funds for Malta

Malta and Gozo are set to benefit from some €74m in EU Cohesion funds for better drinking water, enhanced security of water supply and improved groundwater resource management.

This, after the European Commission adopted €4 billion investment package for infrastructure projects across 10 Member States, including Malta.

The investment package involves Malta, Bulgaria, Czechia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Romania. The projects cover a wide range of areas: health, transport, research, environment and energy. With national co-financing, the total investment in these projects amounts to €8 billion.

More secure and affordable energy in Bulgaria
€33 million of EU funds will finance the construction of a 182-km cross-border gas interconnector between Komotini, Greece, and Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. The pipeline is a European Project of Common Interest, contributing to the objectives of the Energy Union. The two countries’ gas systems will be linked for the first time, diversifying energy sources in the region and increasing energy security. With more competition on the gas market, consumers will enjoy lower prices.

Smoother road and rail connections on the Trans-European Transport Network in Czechia
First, €76 million is financing upgrades on the rail corridor between Prague and Pilsen. Works include new or reconstructed tracks between Rokycany and Pilsen, shortening travel time by half on this section and reinforcing the attractiveness of Pilsen as a regional economic centre. Then, almost €75 million is invested in a road from Nebory to Bystřice, as part of a major link between the Czech D48 motorway and the Slovak D3 motorway.

A modern research campus in Jena, Germany
In Jena, Thuringia, the Friedrich-Schiller-University’s facilities will be given a makeover with almost €84 million of EU funds. The project will finance the construction of two buildings: the university data centre and the faculty of mathematics and IT science, benefitting 18,000 students.

Efficient public services in Greece and affordable energy in Crete
Almost €135 million is invested in the “Syzefxis II” telecom system, which will eventually unify the entire Greek public administration network. An additional 600,000 civil servants and 34,000 premises will be connected to the system, resulting in important economies of scale and better services to the population.

Then, almost €95 million will fund the construction of an electricity interconnection between the island of Crete and the Peloponnese peninsula. It includes two 135-km submarine power cables. This project will lower the costs of electricity in Crete, by replacing expensive oil fired generation units with electricity from mainland Greece.

Improved connectivity, reduced congestion and increased transport safety around Budapest, Hungary
€105.5 million will finance upgrades on the southern section of the Budapest ring road, with reconstructed roads, bridges and new cycle paths. This project will shorten travel time and improve road safety for the 90,000 vehicles circulating daily in the area. In addition, it will reduce congestion by diverting traffic away from the city centre.

Better rail transport in Sicily, Italy
More than €358 million of EU funds will help extend the Circumetnea railway line operating in Catania, Sicily, with eight new stations and rolling stocks. This project will help reduce congestion on the road network and will promote clean mobility in the region.

Better drinking water in Malta
Almost €74 million will provide Malta, Gozo and Comino islands with better drinking water, enhanced security of water supply and improved groundwater resource management. The project will benefit the entire population of the country. EU-funded works include an underground tunnel and the extension of water and wastewater distribution networks.

Better healthcare and greater connectivity in Poland
In the field of healthcare, almost €61 million of EU funds will help purchase new equipment for the University Hospital of Kraków, Małopolskie, benefitting over 3.3 million inhabitants. Then, €56 million will help build a new hospital complex for the Regional Centre of Children Health in Poznań, Wielkopolskie, centralising healthcare services, extending facilities and buying new equipment. The Centre will be equipped with an emergency care department for children and will enlarge its orthopaedics, traumatology and rehabilitation departments.

Then, in the field of maritime transports, €155 million will increase the safety of operations in the Port of Gdańsk, Pomorskie, with upgraded breakwater structures. Almost €65 million will help build or modernise quays and hydro-technical engineering structures in the Port of Gdynia, increasing traffic safety.

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