No new German signals regarding the Fehmarn Belt link

27. juni 2003

Today State Secretary Thomas Egebo had a brief meeting with his German colleague, State Secretary Ralf Nagel, as part of the on-going discussions of issues of common interest between the two Ministries.

At the meeting Mr. Nagel confirmed, that there are no new German signals regarding a fixed link across Fehmarn Belt in comparison to the messages at the meeting on March 11th 2003 between the Danish Minister of Transport Flemming Hansen and the German Minister of Transport Manfred Stolpe.

The studies, that the two Ministers agreed to initiate, are proceeding well and according to plan. This implies, that civil servants from the two Ministries of Transport are writing a report, which in particular describes, how a fixed link can be organized and financed. The report will be completed by December 2003 when the Ministers of Transport from the two countries will meet to decide upon the next steps.

The establishment of a fixed link involves considerable financial amounts. Therefore the Danish and the German Ministries of Finance are also involved in the on-going studies.

Minister of Transport Hansen says:

-Today’s article in the newspaper Politiken is unsupported. On the contrary the Danish-German studies are proceeding as planned. A spokesman for the German Minister of Transport Manfred Stolpe has announced today, that the German view upon the article in Politiken completely corresponds to the Danish view.

-I am confident that there will be a positive result at the meeting that I will have with my German colleague in December. In addition, I have observed that the Germans are interested the state guarantee model of loan financing, which we have used for the fixed links across the Great Belt and Øresund.

-The EU looks very favorably at the Fehmarn Belt project. Recently, this was expressed in a report about the transeuropean transport  networks. The report emphasizes that the Fehmarn Belt project is a priority project for the EU. This implies, that considerable EU-support for both the fixed link and the hinterland connections can be expected.