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EBRD lends 15 mln. euro to the city of Timișoara

19 November 2023
General Interest

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing an additional €15 million in financing to the Romanian city of Timișoara to co-finance, alongside the European Union (EU), the city’s urban infrastructure.

The EBRD provided a €20.3 million loan to Timisoara in December 2021, alongside a €53.6 million grant from the EU, to finance the modernisation of the city’s tram fleet and the rehabilitation of its tram lines.

The additional financing will help the city to implement the initial investment in tram lines and will allow it to acquire a new fleet of 44 electric buses.

The modern tram infrastructure and new electric bus fleet will significantly reduce CO2 emissions, which will help to improve living and environmental standards. The new investment supports Timisoara’s ambition to enhance its public transport infrastructure and services, and improves mobility and people’s quality of life in the city.

“In Timisoara, we are making long-term investments in urban mobility by renewing both our infrastructure and the entire transport fleet. This agreement offers us good financing conditions and will ensure a sustainable cash flow for three major mobility projects in the city. I am happy to have the EBRD on board – a serious partner that trusts Timisoara and its potential,” said Dominic Fritz, the city’s mayor.

The EBRD is a leading institutional investor in Romania. To date, the Bank has invested more than €10.7 billion in 520 projects in the country. Timisoara is one of six cities in Romania to have joined the EBRD Green Cities programme since 2021, along with Alba Iulia, Bucharest, Craiova, Iași and Mediaș.

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