March 21 - The European Commission has approved ten TEN-T major projects worth EUR3.3 billion (USD3.7 billion) for the construction of approximately 330 km of new roads in Poland.
"Transport infrastructure is one of the target sectors of the investment plan for Europe," said Jyrki Katainen, vice president for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness at the commission.
Katainen noted that the projects will improve accessibility within Poland, facilitate international trade links and boost tourism.
"As part of the core Trans-European Transport Networks, this EU financial support to new infrastructure will reduce bottlenecks and make life for people easier and boost business activity," added Corina Creţu, commissioner for regional policy.
Four major projects located in the regions of Lower Silesian and Lubuskie will receive a contribution of EUR776.2 million (USD874 million), while the European Commission will also invest EUR493.3 million (USD555.9 million) in two major projects in the Warminsko-Mazurskie region.
Investments will also be made into four projects in the Podlaskie, Malopolskie, Swietokrzyskie and Mazowieckie regions, where the Via Baltic - a 970 km stretch of road between Warsaw and Tallinn - lies.