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The EU and user financing

The users of the Fehmarnbelt link will pay for the tunnel and the new Danish railway facilities from Ringsted to Fehmarn. Those who use the tunnel are therefore those who will fund it. Taxpayers will not be paying for the project.

The Fehmarnbelt link will be built according to the Danish state guarantee model, which also financed the fixed links across Storebælt and Øresund. The model is based on state-guaranteed loans, which will be repaid over time using revenue from users. You can read more about the state guarantee model in this publication.

No money will be taken from other infrastructure projects when the Fehmarnbelt link is built. It will actually bring new and additional infrastructure to Denmark, which would otherwise be funded by taxpayers, because the Fehmarnbelt link will also finance the development of the railway line from Rødby to Ringsted and which costs around DKK 10 billion. The EU is also contributing significant amounts to the project.

The users will pay – and most are from abroad 

One of the greatest benefits of the Fehmarnbelt link is that the growing transit traffic between central Europe and Scandinavia will be able to travel by the shortest route. It will reduce CO2 emissions significantly, while transport companies and drivers will save time and on fuel costs. A majority of the users of the link will not be Danish, as is currently the case on the Rødby to Puttgarden ferry service. 

USERS – NOT DANISH TAXPAYERS – WILL PAY FOR THE LINK.

Did you know that...

... the majority of users on the Fehmarnbelt link will not be Danish.

... since it is the users who pay, it will largely be road users from the rest of Europe that pay for the link.

... the Fehmarnbelt link is a high-profile project for the EU which will therefore pay some of the construction costs.

... the EU is committed to improving railway conditions in Europe. The Fehmarnbelt project is very popular as a result because trains will not have to take a 160 km long detour when going from Scandinavia to the continent.


The EU is supporting the project financially

In addition to user payment, the project receives co-financing from the EU. This money is granted by the European Commission within the framework of its TEN-T programme (TEN-T stands for Trans-European Transport Networks). 
The programme aims to strengthen the internal market, including through the improvement of transport corridors in Europe. The Commission has stated on many occasions that the Fehmarnbelt link is one of the highest priority projects in Europe.

The EU support need not be repaid.

Fehmarnbelt will add new infrastructure to Denmark

As an extra benefit, the Fehmarnbelt project will also add new infrastructure to Denmark. The railway line from Rødbyhavn to Ringsted is being upgraded to two electrified tracks that can handle speeds of up to 200 km/h.