Historic milestones

November 2020

On 3 November 2020, the Federal Administrative Court rejects all complaints against the plan approval decision. Thus, the highest administrative court in Germany gives the go-ahead for construction of the German part of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel.

May 2020

Femern A/S activates the main construction contracts with Femern Link Contractors (FLC) with effect from 1 January 2021. This means that construction of the large-scale tunnel element factory at Rødbyhavn can get underway.

November 2019

1 November sees the commencement of the Fehmarnbelt project’s construction phase when the agreement between Femern A/S and Fehmarn Belt Contractors (FBC) concerning the establishment of the work harbour at Rødbyhavn comes into effect. The work harbour is expected to be ready for operations the end of 2021.

April 2019

On 12 April, APV-SH, the approval authority in Schleswig-Holstein, grants Femern A/S the permission to go ahead with a number of preparatory measures, including the initial environment-related works at the site near Puttgarden, on the island of Fehmarn.

March 2019

The political parties behind the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link project reach political agreement on the commencement of construction works in Denmark.

February 2019

On 6 February, the final signed plan approval is handed over to Femern A/S by APV-SH, the approval authority in Schleswig-Holstein. The plan approval decision runs to 1,346 pages and marks the conclusion of a five-year long process. The project application was submitted in 2013.

June – July 2017

With the full participation of Femern A/S, the planning authority in Kiel conducts and concludes an extensive round of consultations on Femern A/S’s project application with the German authorities, the general public, affected landowners, environmental protection organisations and commercial enterprises. 

November 2016

The approval authority in Kiel concludes its second round of written consultations on the expanded application submitted by Femern A/S for plan approval in Germany. 12,600 responses were received. Each response subsequently received a personal answer from Femern A/S. 

May 2016

On 30 May, Femern A/S signs conditional contracts with the two winning consortia for the four major tunnel contracts.

February 2016

On 29 February, Femern A/S concludes the plan revision and submits the German construction and environment permit to the independent approval authority in Kiel.

April 2015

On 28 April, the Danish Parliament passes the proposed Construction Act for the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link and the Danish landworks. The Act becomes effective in May 2015.

See the Construction Act here.

See the Danish Transport Ministry's press release here.

July 2014

The first round of written consultations for the Fehmarnbelt project in Germany is concluded. The German planning authority, LBV Kiel, received around 3,000 responses from the general public, organisations and authorities.

October 2013

On 18 October, Femern A/S submits the full German application for plan approval of the Fehmarnbelt project in Germany.

June-September 2013

The Danish public consultation on the Fehmarnbelt project based on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) from Femern A/S ends on 20 September. During the 12-week long consultation period, Danish authorities, commercial enterprises and the general public submit 42 responses.

June 2011

On 1 June, the Danish political parties behind the project accept Femern A/S’s recommendation to locate the production site for the tunnel elements in Rødbyhavn.

February 2011

The Danish political parties behind the project declare an immersed tunnel to be the preferred technical solution.

June-July 2009

On 18 June, the German Bundestag passes the Act that ratifies the German-Danish State Treaty. Later, on 10 July, the German Bundesrat also passes the Ratification Act.

March 2009

On 26 March, the Danish Parliament passes the Planning Act for the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link and ratifies the State Treaty with Germany.

September 2008

The Transport Ministers of Denmark and Germany, Carina Christensen and Wolfgang Tiefensee, sign the State Treaty on a fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt.

June 2007

On 29 June, the Transport Ministers of Denmark and Germany, Flemming Hansen and Wolfgang Tiefensee, sign a declaration of intent on the establishment of a fixed Fehmarnbelt link.

March 2005

The Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, agree on the initiative to build a fixed link under the Fehmarnbelt.

June 2004

The Danish Transport Minister, Flemming Hansen, meets his German counterpart, Manfred Stolpe, in Berlin. They sign a joint declaration for further work on a fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt.

October 1992

The Danish Transport Minister, Kaj Ikast, and his German counterpart, Günther Krause, agree to conduct feasibility studies on a fixed link. The studies were conducted between 1995 and 1999.

March 1991

The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link appears on the agenda of the Danish Parliament for the first time. The Danish Transport Minister, Kaj Ikast, and his Swedish counterpart, Georg Andersson, sign the State Treaty on the Öresund Fixed Link. At the request of Sweden, Denmark undertakes to examine the potential for building a fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt.

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