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Money left over from airport tram extension to go to three other projects

Construction work at the Haabersti intersection on the west side of Tallinn.
Construction work at the Haabersti intersection on the west side of Tallinn. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

The Estonian government decided on Thursday to direct €12.1 million left over from the construction of a tram line extension to Tallinn Airport to three other transport infrastructure projects to offset cuts to their financing.

The government decided to give €1.1 million euros as an extra to the Haabersti multi-level intersection project to establish a functioning network of public transport lanes during the construction of the intersection, spokespeople for the government said.

A total of €8.1 million was added to the budget of the reconstruction of the section of railway between Tapa and Narva, and an additional €2.9 million given to the project for the establishment of transit roads via the Northeastern Estonian border city of Narva, spokespeople for the government said.

The €12.1 million turned out to be redundant when €16.8 million in EU Cohesion Fund financing sought by the City of Tallinn for the airport tram line extension project never had to be tapped into after it became clear that money for the project could also be sought from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) in conjunction with the Rail Baltica railway project, as the tram line extension project was closely connected with the goals of Rail Baltic. The application for CEF support was granted, with the EU providing approximately €10 million to the total project cost of more than €12 million.

At the same time, the European Commission decided on a cut of one percent in Cohesion Fund subsidies, which meant approximately €4.7 million euros less funding for the Estonian transport sector. This amount was taken from the €16.8 million in Cohesion Fund money that Estonia had available for other projects, leaving €12.1 million to be distributed among other transport infrastructure projects.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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