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Denmark-Germany tunnel gets green light from EU Commission

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Denmark has got an approval from European Union for a 19km (12-mile) undersea road-rail tunnel that will cut journey times to Germany. The 8.7 billion euros Fehmarn Belt project will get 589 million euros from EU funding.

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The EU Commission said it complied with EU state aid rules and would boost transport links between central Europe and Scandinavia.

The tunnel will connect the Danish island of Lolland with Germany's Fehmar There will be a four-lane motorway alongside a double-track railway.

The link will provide a fast corridor between Copenhagen and Hamburg. It is expected to slash that rail journey from just under five hours to little more than two hours.

The EU contribution to the Fehmarn tunnel will come from the Connecting Europe Facility, a scheme for modernising Europe's transport infrastructure.

The Commission said the new tunnel would be integrated with Denmark's public transport and it was "neither liable to distort competition nor to affect trade between member states".

The tunnel will be built by Denmark's state-owned Femern A/S.

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