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Parliamentary questions
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17 November 2016
Question for written answer E-008634-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Fernando Ruas (PPE)

 Subject:  Railway link between Aveiro and Mangualde
 Answer in writing 

Portugal’s Minister for Planning and Infrastructure recently stated in an interview with a Portuguese newspaper that the Government will ‘stress the importance of the planned rail link between Aveiro and Mangualde’ as part of the Atlantic corridor rail component of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

This project forms part of the main trans-European transport network (TEN-T) and is one of the Portuguese Government’s biggest investment projects in rail infrastructure for 2020, with a budget of EUR 673.3 million (including a proposed contribution of EUR 404.8 million from the EU). The minister has described it as ‘vital for ports and the surrounding region’.

The project, if implemented, will bring populous urban areas closer to major economic centres, thereby ensuring their viability and economic sustainability.

In June 2016, a contribution from CEF of 68.62% of a total investment of some EUR 548 million to update the Beira Alta railway line was approved (Pampilhosa-Vilar Formoso), also in Portugal’s Central region.

Can the Commission therefore say whether it also believes approval of the proposed ‘Aveiro-Mangualde northern corridor’ (i.e. the railway link between Aveiro and Vilar Formoso) to be a priority for the CEF?

Original language of question: PT 
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