European Investment Bank supports transport and water services infrastructure in Belarus

30-07-2019
Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is extending a loan of €110 million to Belarus to finance the rehabilitation and upgrade of a 91-km-long section of its M7 motorway. This is part of the extended Trans-European Transport network.

The project also includes the modernisation of the associated border-crossing infrastructure between Belarus and Lithuania at Kamienny Loh. The investment will increase road transport capacity and create safer driving conditions.

The M7 is a strategic transport corridor, representing the shortest route from the Klaipeda port on the Baltic Sea in Lithuania through Kaunas and Vilnius to Minsk, Kyiv, and ultimately to the Black Sea.

The EIB is also lending €66 million to improve access to clean and affordable potable water and adequate sanitation services for some 500,000 households, improve the quality of natural waters by reducing pollution and untreated effluents, and improve water use efficiency. A grant from the Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance Trust Fund (EPTATF) will facilitate the implementation of this project.

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