The £6.2bn project to create a road and rail tunnel between Denmark and Germany has received a boost from Brussels.
The European Commission approved the public financing model of the Fehmarnbelt scheme, ruling it was in line with EU state aid rules.
As part of a broader plan to provide quicker links between central Europe and Scandanavia, the tunnel from Rødby to Puttgarden represents an important project of common interest, the Commission said.
The 19km-long tunnel, which will include an electrified, double-track railway and a four-lane motorway with emergency lanes, could be open to passengers by 2024.
EU Commissioner in charge of competition policy Margrethe Vestager said: “The Fehmarnbelt fixed link will considerably shorten travel times between Germany and the eastern part of Denmark and the Nordic countries to the benefit of both people and the economy.
“Therefore, I am very pleased that we have today approved the public financing of the project of under EU state aid rules.”