PRESS RELEASE
03/01/2001

Definitive signing of the concession contract for the Interior Norte highway

Designated last October, the consortium led by Eiffage (with Contacto, Egis, CDC Projets) and advised by Dexia Public Finance Bank signed a contract with Portuguese authorities for a 30-year concession for the Interior Norte highway section.

This concession is a part of the initial tender program launched in 1997 by the Portuguese government. Interior Norte represents a total investment of 725 million euros for 155 kilometers of highway.

In this framework, Dexia Public Finance Bank, a subsidiary of the Dexia group specialized in public finance and financial services for the public sector in France and internationally, which benefits from very sophisticated technical expertise in the highway sector, was chosen as advisor. Its mission has involved helping the consortium draw up its financial proposal and assembling a group of international banks to provide financing.

Dexia Public Finance Bank is proud to have contributed to the consortium"s success in a very competitive environment. This operation constitutes a prestigious reference in this sector.

With this operation, the European development of the Eiffage group will find major concrete expression in a country in which it has been active for almost 70 years and in which, almost 30 years ago, it co-founded Brisa, the largest Portuguese highway concession company.