Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:47
EU gives €95m for Netherlands infrastructure projects
The Netherlands is getting a 95 million euro grant from the European Union for 18 different infrastructure projects with Dutch involvement or that are to be realized in the Netherlands. Nearly 1 million euro will be made available to prepare for the refurbishment of the Twentekanalen. 5.5 million euros will be made available to resolve the bottleneck for shipping in the Caland Railway Bridge. Additionally, millions of euros are freed so that the Netherlands, together with other countries, can invest in an intelligent transportation system, to make transport in Europe more efficient. The Netherlands will also receive a grant to, in conjunction with other countries, build a network of hydrogen filling stations along major transit routes. As a result, the introduction of hydrogen vehicles in Europe can be accelerated. Money will also go to projects with cleaner ships sailing on LNG. Along with these ships, money will also be made available for LNG filling stations for inland shipping and maritime shipping. This is an allocation by the European Commission from TEN-T, the grant program for the Trans-European Transport Network. This program aims to achieve a single cross border network for transport over land, water and by air with in the European Union. About 320 million euro has been allocated to 106 projects within the European Union. On average 31 percent of the total grant is going to projects with Dutch interest.