Published Wednesday, 09 April 2014
The new-look Ravenhill welcomed 18,000 spectators for the Heineken Cup clash. (© Presseye)
The Department of Culture Arts and Leisure has pledged to provide £110m for the Casement, Ravenhill and Windsor Park projects.
However, last year the funding package was thrown into doubt after a legal challenge was launched claiming the deal breached EU fair trading legislation.
Following an investigation, the European Commission has ruled that the agreement was "consistent" with EU state aid rules.
The Commission found that the proposed funding contributes to urban regeneration and social cohesion, in line with EU objectives, without unduly distorting competition in the single market.
The commission's vice president in charge of competition policy, Joaquín Almunia, said: "The reconstruction of the three stadia will contribute to the regeneration of disadvantaged urban communities in Belfast.
"It will furthermore promote social cohesion across religious divides and encourage communities to come together through the most popular sports of the region.''
He added: "Moreover, the aid is well-targeted as it addresses a specific problem of under-investment in local sports infrastructure."
The work at Casement Park and Windsor is scheduled to begin within the coming weeks while the regeneration of Ravenhill is nearing completion.
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