EIB: 40 mln for upgrading infrastructure CzechRepublic
Luxembourg, Luxembourg – The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 40 million for smaller regional infrastructure projects focused on the rehabilitation of local roads and upgrading of public transport, health and industrial facilities in southern Moravia.
The loan will finance the implementation of priority projects included in the 2005 â€“ 2009 Investment Programme of the Region of South Moravia. This programme covers investments already approved by the Regional Council as well as projects that will be specified and approved later. Selected projects in the area of transport will help modernise and rehabilitate roads with a regional character and construct new links (e.g. to Oslavany and Moravsky Pisek). Upgrading of the road network will help the region to cope with the increased traffic after the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union. The improved accessibility and transport safety as well as the reduction of travel times will have positive implications for trade, industry and tourism developments. The EIB funds will be also used to finance the modernisation of the Znojmo and Breclav Hospitals and the extension of the technical park in the regionâ€™s capital Brno. The majority of the projects will be co-financed by the EU Structural Funds.
Mr Ivan Pilip, the EIB Vice-President responsible for the Bankâ€™s operations in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia stated: â€œThe EIB loan signed today will provide the Region of South Moravia with direct access to EIB funds on favourable terms. This will assist the regional authorities in upgrading transport, health and industrial infrastructure and help the region to benefit more from its location bordering on Austria and Slovakia by strengthening its competitivenessâ€.