EU invests 84 Million Euros in Research Campus in Jena
The project is among the 25 most extensive infrastructure projects in ten Member States for which the Commission allocated more than 4 billion euros on April 2nd, 2019.
Further projects of the adopted investment package are located in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Czech Republic, and Hungary. The projects cover a wide range of areas: health, transport, research, environment, and energy. Combined with national co-financing, the investment in these projects amounts to 8 billion euros.
European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu said: "Each of these 25 projects is an example of how the EU is working to improve the everyday lives of our citizens, from better drinking water to faster rail transport and modern hospitals. In the current budget period, I have approved 258 major infrastructure projects, for which EU funds altogether totalling 32 billion euros were allocated. These projects show what Cohesion Policy stands for, and I am proud of every single one."
In Poland, for example, almost € 61 million of EU funds will be used to acquire new equipment for the Kraków University Hospital (Kraków, Małopolskie), benefitting more than 3.3 million inhabitants.
Additionally, € 56 Mio will go towards constructing a new hospital complex for the Regional Children's Health Centre in Posen (Wielkopolskie).
EU funds amounting to 33 million euros are being used to construct a 182 km long cross-border gas interconnector between Komotini (Greece) and Stara Sagora (Bulgaria). This pipeline is a European project of common interest which contributes to the objectives of the energy union.
Large infrastructure projects, so-called "major projects" are supported with more than 50 million euros (75 million euros in case of transport projects) from cohesion policy funds. Due to their size, the Commission examines these projects and passes a specific decision. In the 2014-2020 programme planning period, EU funds were allocated for 258 major projects. The EU contribution to these projects amounts to 32 billion. euros, which is half of their total budget.