The general director of Romania’s road company CNAIR, Stefan Ionita, has stepped down after 16 months in power citing personal reasons, and was replaced by former CNADNR manager Narcis Neaga, who is currently the manager of another state-owned road company – CNIR.
Neaga confirmed for Business Review that he was appointed as new CEO of CNAIR by the board of the company and suggested that he could leave his current position in CNIR.
“I do not know if I can stay at CNIR. We will see. Anyway, I’m going to make CNIR work,” Neaga told Business Review.
According to CNAIR, Neaga will take over the new position on May 12.
Neaga, the former manager of the state road company CNADNR between 2012 and 2015, was named in March at the helm of the new state road investment company (CNIR), which will manage all the motorway projects in Romania.
On March 30, Neaga told Business Review that CNIR will be fully operational within a month or two and will have up to 400 employees.
In 2016, the government decided to split the former CNADNR into two separate companies: CNAIR, a road maintenance company, and CNIR, dedicated to motorway projects management.
But since then only CNAIR became operational, while CNIR was never active.
Neaga had a long career within CNADNR and became general manager in 2012. His mandate was subject to criticism, especially for the opening of the Sibiu – Orăștie motorway section in November 2014, a few days before the presidential election. The motorway section needed emergency repair a few month later due to structural problems.
Neaga was named a board member in CNAIR in February, but some experts criticised government’s decision.
“From our point of view, the period when Narcis Neaga headed the National Company for Road Infrastructure Administration was the worst for the development of road infrastructure in Romania in recent years,” Pro Infrastructura NGO said on March 1, in a press release.
Romania currently has 748 km of motorway in use. The transport minister said Romania could open 60 km of new motorway this year.