EU cohesion policy: nearly 100 million euros for green transport in Spain and a new sanitation system in Cyprus

The Commission approved two investments of almost 100 million euros for two large projects in Spain and Cyprus: 77 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund for the construction of a tram line between Alcalá de Guadaíra and Seville, Spain, and over € 22 million from the Cohesion Fund for the construction of wastewater collection networks in the Kokkinochoria complex in Cyprus. Cohesion and Reform Commissioner Elisa Ferreira said: “These two projects combine direct benefits for local citizens and for the environment. A multimodal transport system will encourage citizens to switch to sustainable transport, while a modern and efficient sewage system will reduce risks to human health and pollution of groundwater. Both projects will contribute to more sustainable economic growth in the future. The Spanish project includes a 12.5 km long double-track tram system to be combined with new park-and-ride facilities in Alcalá de Guadaíra, the construction of a new tram depot and the purchase of six units of two-way articulated low-floor tramway with a maximum length of 33 meters and a minimum capacity of 200 passengers. The project is expected to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuel consumption by 4,130.79 tonnes of CO2 per year and increase the number of public transport trips in the region by more than 2 million per year. The investment in Cyprus concerns the second phase of the Kokkinochoria Complex Sanitation System project. The first phase of the project was completed during the 2007-2013 cohesion funding period with an EU investment of over € 30 million. The second phase will allow the installation of the Achna wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 10.644 m3 / day, which will serve 8 communities and 2 municipalities. The constructions will also integrate the drainage network for treated wastewater for irrigation and 13 pumping stations in the transport systems. In addition, the treated water will be used in the neighboring agricultural area, thus reducing the consumption of scarce drinking water.

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