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Marine transport without concrete targets in EU's global infrastructure plan

With the mobilization of investments of up to EUR 300 billion over the coming years, the EU proposes a counter move to Chinese investments in ports and infrastructure. However, very little of it seems to pertain to expanding the transport sector.

"Countries have made their experience with the Chinese investment – and as I said: They need better and different offers," said Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday. | Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

BRUSSELS – On the surface, it sounds big. Historic, in fact – and like a clear demonstration of power from Brussels to the rest of the world.

The impression was made by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who on Wednesday announced the Commission's forthcoming infrastructure plan, Global Gateway, which stands to mobilize investments in infrastructure projects across the world for up to EUR 300 billion over the coming six years.

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