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IP/ 09/1869

Brussels, 2 December 2009

Commission authorises aid for construction and maintenance of A2 motorway in Poland

The European Commission today approved the aid proposed by the Polish authorities for the company Autostrada Wielkopolska II S.A. The aid is intended for the construction and maintenance of the section of the A2 motorway between the villages of Świecko and Nowy Tomyśl.

The construction of this section of motorway follows on from the granting of a concession in 1997. The concessionaire has taken out loans to finance the construction. The Polish government will reimburse the concessionaire's costs from the National Roads Fund on completion of the works. Furthermore, Autostrada Wielkopolska II S.A. will be reimbursed from this public fund if the costs of maintaining and renovating the motorway go up.

The Commission considers that the financial advantage to the beneficiary is proportionate and necessary. The Commission has therefore declared the aid to be compatible with the common market.

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