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News / EU Commissioner Várhelyi visits EU-funded infrastructure project in Albania
The EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi visited together with the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, the EU-funded Vlora bypass in the south of the country.
The 29-kilometre road segment will shorten the traveling time towards the Albanian Riviera, increase road safety, reduce air pollution and bring new opportunities for Albanian businesses.
The EU has supported the construction of the Vlora bypass with €20 million. In addition, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as lead international financial institution and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have provided loans of €18 million each.
During the joint press conference with Prime Minister Rama, Commissioner Várhelyi said: “I am delighted to visit today the Vlora bypass. This is a fine example of our bilateral assistance to Albania, and shows how we can make a difference for the region thanks to our Economic and Investment plan.”
The bypass around the city of Vlora is a vital connection in south-western Albania. It will improve road transport conditions in Vlora town and in surrounding areas, including on the coastal road along the Vlora bay. This road segment will bring benefits to tourism, stimulate the private sector and facilitate trade, promote regional and national growth as well as contribute to economic and social cohesion.
Source: Delegation of the European Union to Albania
Photo credits: Delegation of the European Union to Albania
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