The ERDF, European Regional Development Fund, has the mission of supporting European countries in financing various investments. To obtain this support, a last appeal had to be launched until May 24 at noon.
The Walloon Airports Company, alias Sowaer, hoped, thanks to these funds, to finance two projects concerning Liège Airport. Problem: the file was submitted late. And the shortfall is enormous because the Company has missed out on aid amounting to 68 million euros, SudInfo announces. Which means that it will not receive funding for the period 2021-2027.
However, the rules were very clear. As the Walloon Region stated on its website: “As you all know, the public call for projects for the new ERDF program will be closed on 24/05 at 12 noon. In order not to be faced with any setbacks, it is recommended to anticipate the submission of your application as much as possible, taking into account the different stages necessary for the submission of a portfolio of projects.
To explain this situation, Nicolas Thisquen, chairman of the management committee, mentioned a “computer bug”. “If by chance we were to see our projects refused, they are always in the pipeline. They are not abandoned and we can find other financing formulas, such as via conventional credits. I tend to say it’s a non-event”. Behind the scenes, it’s not the same story according to our colleagues. Indeed, rumors from the corridors confirm that SOWAER estimated that the call for projects closed at midnight and not at noon.