The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is extending a EUR 150 million loan to the Turkish government for the construction of a 67 km section of the high-speed railway line from Istanbul to the Bulgarian border. The loan will further support Turkey’s transition to a low-carbon economy. The double-track Ispartakule-Cerkezkoy section is part of the electrified Halkali-Kapikule railway line, co-financed by European Union Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance funds. The line is part of the EU Trans-European Transport Network and will provide safe, sustainable and low-carbon passenger and freight transport to and from the EU, improving connectivity and trade.The Ispartakule-Cerkezkoy railway section will be tendered and built in line with the EBRD’s procurement rules and environmental and social standards. Turkey’s Directorate General of Infrastructure Investments has also committed to implementing a series of measures to promote greater career opportunities for women and to create working conditions in which women thrive.