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On 1 December 2021, the European Union unveiled the Global Gateway, its plan to support infrastructure
development around the world. This would mobilise €300 billion between 2021-2027 for connectivity
projects, notably in the digital, climate and energy, transport, health, education and research sectors.

The rationale behind this initiative is clear: the world needs major infrastructure investments. The World
Bank estimates that to achieve the goals of climate and environmental protection, universal access to
energy, water and sanitation, greater mobility, and improved food security, the world must invest around
€1.3 trillion per year in infrastructure.

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Simone Tagliapietra

Senior Fellow, Bruegel
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