The European commissioner for Regional policy, Corina Cretu, transmitted on June 23 a letter to the Transport minister, Dan Marian Costescu, by which she asks the acceleration of projects implementation from this field, financed by structural funds and European investments.
Cretu worries about the delay of transport projects from 2007-2013 period and also about the lack of new projects for 2014-2020 period. “I’m worried about the slow rhythm in projects preparation regarding the transport infrastructure from the Large Infrastructure Operational Program for 2014-2020 period, but also about the great number of projects that are at risk to not be finalized. Although the European Commission approved the phases of 30 of the 123 transport projects for 2007-2013 period, he national authorities didn’t succeed in sending to Brussels all the necessary documents for these, so that there is the risk that Romania may not use the allocated European money and it will be obliged to pay the necessary charges from the national budget for finalizing the projects.”
She also added that “it is necessary the fast adoption of the General Master Plan of Transport, in the form agreed within the negotiations from 2015 between the European Commission and Romanian Government.”
She ensures the Romanian authorities of her personal support and of the European Commission support, as well as of the Regional Political General Direction experts in order for Romania to maximize its structural funds and of European investments for transport projects.
For the Large Infrastructure Operational Program 2014-2020, Romania has allocated approximately EUR 9.4 billion both from European Fund for regional development and from cohesion fund.