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Eurostar: Government Assistance

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL11636, tabled on 30 December 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports about the finances of Eurostar International Ltd, what steps they are taking to support that company; what discussions they have had with the governments of France and Belgium about any such support; and whether any such support will be benchmarked against support given to airlines.

Answered on

11 January 2021

The Government has engaged with Eurostar’s shareholders on a number of occasions in the last year. The Rail Minister has also met with Eurostar’s majority shareholder, SNCF, specifically to discuss the challenges facing the company in light of Covid-19 and the steps its shareholders are taking to address this.

The Government has made available an unprecedented package of financial support to all sectors of the economy, including the international rail sector. The Government has been engaging closely with Eurostar since the outbreak of Covid-19 to monitor its ongoing impact, as well as support the company to access available support to address Eurostar’s needs, where appropriate, and will continue to do so.