Building Highway E65

Challenge

GEK Terna
GEK Terna
Alber & Geiger was retained by Terna, one of the leading construction companies in Greece, who was awarded the contract to construct and operate the Greek part of the 4,400km Central Motorway (E65) connecting Malmö in Sweden to Chania in Greece.
Experienced and with a good knowledge of how the European system works
Konstantinos Lamprou- Communications Director, GEK TERNA Group of Companies
With only one section of the Greek part completed since the award of the tender in 2007, Terna relied on our support to get the approval for both the northern and southern sections of the motorway that had been pending for years under the European Commission’s State aid rules.

Strategy

The construction of the North section of the Central Greece motorway will complete the Greek part of the E65, contributing to the development of the areas concerned. This decision enables Greece to support the construction of this important infrastructure, which is part of the Trans European road network.
Margrethe Vestager- EU Commissioner for Competition
Alber & Geiger targeted key officials in different Directorates of the European Commission to overcome the impasse on the State aid clearance. Alber & Geiger worked in tandem with Members of the European Parliament to gain support for the completion of the two remaining parts of the E65 motorway. We attached language that emphasised the strategic European dimension of that North-South axis through the EU, an EU project that actually had been planned for decades. We also pointed out the contribution of the E65 motorway to competition and regional development. Moreover, we focused on the E65’s strategic importance for Greece, the South-East Europe region and the European transport road network, as well as its positive impact on jobs, tourism and investment.

Results

Our ability to combine legal, economic, social and political arguments ensured the approval of the entire project under the EU State aid rules. On 19 October 2018, the European Commission cleared the funding for the construction of the southern part of the motorway. Later, on 18 January 2021, the European Commission cleared the path for the construction of the northern section of the E65.