German court to hear arguments against tunnel under Baltic Sea

A German court is to hear arguments from both sides on Tuesday regarding a planned road and rail tunnel to be built between Germany and Denmark under the Baltic Sea, dpa reported.

The federal administrative court sitting in Leipzig plans to hear oral arguments from two environmental organizations and several ferry companies opposed to the tunnel that will link the German island of Fehmarn with the Danish island of Lolland. The environmental organizations fear harm to marine and bird life in the region, while the ferry companies point to job losses.

Seven days have been scheduled for the hearings, which will be followed by a second round in October with arguments from the town of Fehmarn and a farmer.

The Fehmarn Belt tunnel measuring 18 kilometres in length is to link Puttgarden on Fehmarn on the German side to Rodby on Lolland on the Danish side.

The Danish company working on the project has estimated the costs at € 7.1bn on the basis of 2016 prices. Permission was granted on the Danish side in 2015.

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