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    Reference: 20190461
    Release date: 10 July 2020

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary




    Development and automation of three combined transport railroad terminals in Calais (France), Kaldenkirchen (Germany) and Domodossola (Italy), as well as acquisition of 216 combined transport wagons. The terminals and the wagons will be based on CargoBeamer technology in order to operate "rail motorway" transport services.


    The project will allow establishing "railway motorway" services between the three terminals. The proposed technology allows transport by rail of standard road semitrailers, reducing vehicle operating costs and negative externalities of the transport system.


    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 13 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 102 million

    Environmental aspects

    The works at the terminals may fall under Annex II of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive 2011/92/EU (as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU). The need of EIA and/or assessment according to the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC will be analysed during the appraisal. The manufacturing of new wagons will take place at the manufacturer's plants and does not fall within the scope of the EIA Directive; therefore no EIA is required.


    The Promoter has been assessed by the EIB as being a private company not operating in the utilities sector and not having the status of a contracting entity, thus not subject to EU rules on public procurement. However, if after the project appraisal, the EIB were to conclude that the promoter is after all subject to EU public procurement legislation, then the Bank would require the Promoter to ensure that contracts for the project have been/will be tendered in accordance with the relevant applicable EU procurement legislation.


    Signed - 15/12/2020


    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The data provided on this page is therefore indicative and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

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    France Germany Italy Transport