Scheine-Scheldt project on course
02 July 2019
The European Commission adopted the Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1118 on the Seine – Scheldt cross-border project, part of the North Sea – Mediterranean and Atlantic Core Network Corridors in June 2019.
The signature of this implementing act reinforces the commitment of the European Commission, in agreement with the European Parliament and the Council, with the involved Member States, for the creation of the Seine-Scheldt link.
This new step forward secures the financing of the Seine-Nord Europe canal, the central link of the future network, over and above the commitments already made up to 2022.
The European Union already provides significant financial support to the Seine-Scheldt project through the Seine-Scheldt 2014-2020 financing agreement, which is part of the European Interconnection Facility (EIM), and linking the French Republic, the Flemish and Walloon Regions of Belgium and the European Agency for Infrastructure Networks (INEA). It amounts to 50% of the cost of the studies and 40% of the works.
The EU will now be able to finance up to 50% of the cost of the works The Seine-Scheldt network (1100 km long) includes the construction of the Seine-Nord Europe canal, an essential link to connect the large gauge network of Île-de-France and the ports of Rouen and Le Havre to Northern Europe and the ports of Dunkirk. It will be a powerful factor of economic development and jobs.
The Société du Canal Seine-Nord Europe, brings together the French national and local authorities and is in charge of carrying out the Seine Nord Europe Canal project.