On 8 May 1997, Mr. Neil Kinnock, Commissioner responsible for transport, launched the construction of one of the most important trans-European network (TEN) corridors linking Eastern Europe to the EU. The motorway from Wroclaw to Gliwice in Poland is part of the corridor linking Berlin with Kiev. Its construction will be supported by one of the largest grants ever to be awarded under the Community's PHARE programme. The total cost of this section of motorway is ECU 350 million, of which ECU 68 million will come from the PHARE programme. Part of the PHARE funding will go to Mota and Companhia, a Portuguese company who will be responsible for the bridges on the route. This contract, for ECU 37 million, is the largest single contract signed under the PHARE programme since it started in 1989. The TEN project reflects the change in priorities for the PHARE programme, which now focuses on assisting the applicant countries of Central and Eastern Europe in preparing for integration with the EU. In addition to the PHARE funding, ECU 225 million will come from the European Investment Bank, while the Polish government will finance ECU 57 million.