EU Rejects Broad-Gauge Railway Via Slovakia
The European Commission has given the red light to funding for the broad-gauge railway line that has been in the planning for year and which should pass through Slovakia to Austria, facilitating the transport of goods all the way from east Russia, where broad-gauge lines are used.
According to an article in SME today, the European Commission has informed the Slovak Republic that the EU would not be supporting the broad-gauge line as it wants to focus funding on developing the standard narrow-gauge lines in Europe, said regional policy spokesman for the Commission, Ton van Lierop.
The completion of the broad-gauge railway was to be one of Robert Fico’s government’s showcases, with the plan to complete it being one of the priorities announced shortly after his party took power in the March elections. Now the Ministry of Transport, run by Jan Pociatek, will have to seek the funding from somewhere else, most likely in the form of private financing, but the project might not provide enough of a return and so might stay where it has been for years, on the shelf.