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Czech Republic to develop greener railway transport with EU help

Czech Republic to develop greener railway transport with EU help

The Czech Republic’s plans to purchase 36 electric units for high-speed railway passenger transport in South Moravia got a boost on 16 December after the European Commission approved an investment of over €223 million from the Cohesion Fund.

This type of projects are crucial to motivate citizens to choose greener and safer ways of travelling,” Cohesion and Reforms Commissioner Elisa Ferreira said. “I am happy that Cohesion policy is helping Czech people to benefit from modern, more comfortable and efficient rail services, while contributing to making the European Green Deal a reality,” she added.

According to the Commission, these new wagons, counting for more than 10,000 seats, will replace obsolete and old vehicles, offering passengers safer, faster and more comfortable journeys.

Once operational in January 2023, this project will increase the attractiveness and accessibility of public transport with positive effects on the environment and the economy, the Commission said.

EU Cohesion Policy’s support to the Czech Republic to improve transport services amounts to over €6.7 billion during the 2014-2020 EU budget period.