EU signals more millions for Portugal

Portugal is to receive a new €500 million cash injection from the EU: €38.6 million of which is destined to cope with the looming influx of migrants. The rest will be going on regional transport and infrastructure projects, including plans to upgrade the Sintra railway line, extensions to Lisbon’s Metro and completion of the long-delayed Marão tunnel, as well as environmental initiatives related to Alqueva dam.

The Marão tunnel – construction of which was badly affected by the collapse of BES bank – has this far cost €800 per centimetre, news sources report.

With this last boost of community funding, the chances are that its 5.6km extension will finally link Amarante with Vila Real.