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EIB signs 65 mln euros loan to support green maritime transport in Klaipėda

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Klaipėda State Seaport Authority have signed a 65 million euros loan agreement for the development of Klaipėda seaport in Lithuania. Klaipėda is the main port connection in Lithuania, part of the TEN-T North Sea-Baltic corridor and one of the largest port complexes in the Baltic Sea.

The key purpose of the project is for the seaport to be able to accommodate larger vessels and therefore lead to greater productivity. The transport hub will be for a variety of goods and cargo. As part of the EIB’s new transport lending policy, the decarbonisation of ports as well as climate action and environmental sustainability are priorities for the EIB.

“The financing agreement that we signed today will enable us to continue implementing our ambitious vision of a modern and sustainable port, providing the highest quality services,” said Algis Latakas, Director General of Klaipėda State Seaport Authority. “We aim to welcome the biggest ships that can enter the Baltic Sea. Proper infrastructure — port depth, modern quay walls and a convenient port railway network — are a prerequisite for making this vision a reality. We are very happy that the Port Authority is capable of consistently borrowing on good terms, and that this contract with the EIB is no exception.”

“We at the EIB are pleased to support the development of Klaipėda seaport,” said EIB Vice-President Thomas Östros at the signing event in Vilnius today. “The project is of strategic importance for the Lithuanian economy and the development of maritime transport in Europe as it also offers a shift from road to sea transport. Accelerating the green transition is one of the EIB’s main priorities, and this will not happen without companies and financial institutions planning and implementing actual investment projects.”

Marius Skuodis, Minister of Transport and Communications of Lithuania, underlined the importance of the Port of Klaipėda to the Lithuanian economy.

“Port of Klaipėda is one of the largest transport hubs in Lithuania, providing our businesses access to the worldwide markets as well as ensuring Lithuania’s energy independence,” he said. “Over the years, we have been consistently investing in the port’s infrastructure and we are committed to continuing our investment projects to ensure the port‘s competitiveness in the region.”

The EIB loan will complement financing from EU grants (77 million euros) and the Nordic Investment Bank (a 68 million euros loan signed at the beginning of 2020, a portion of which will co-finance the EIB project).

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