Coalitia pentru Dezvoltarea Romaniei ( Coalition for Romania’s Development -CDR), through the Infrastructure Working Group, has facilitated on June 5 a debate between the Transport Minster Lucian Sova and representatives of the construction companies, in order to find together possible solutions for the blockages faced by the major infrastructure projects.
Given the important contribution of the construction field to Romania’s GDP, the dynamic of this sector is an important signal of the economic activity at national level. In the context of the delay in implementing the General Master Plan for Transport, of a poor network of highways compared to those from Europe, of the low level of public investment, of the human resources crisis in the field and of the unfair competition from the state-owned companies, CDR has assumed the role of a mediator in a discussion on the responsibilities to be taken by the public authorities and by the private sector.
Unblocking the construction field is one of the main requirements in order to be able to develop the Romanian infrastructure, an effort which the CDR member organizations actively support.
Following this constructive dialogue, it was decided to set up a joint working group consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Transport and CDR. The purpose of this group is to outline a National Infrastructure Pact to deal with the punctual issues in the form of a partnership which, through a cross-cutting approach, will produce short, medium and long-term solutions.
Coalitia pentru Dezvoltarea Romaniei (CDR) one of the most important initiatives of the Romanian business sector, brings together representatives of the Romanian and foreign investors in Romania and is led by a Board of Directors consisting of the presidents and vice-presidents of six business associations: the Romanian Businessmen Association (AOAR), the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham), the French Chamber of Commerce in Romania (CCIFER), the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK), the Foreign Investors Council (FIC) and Romanian Business Leaders (RBL). The coordination of the Coalition is ensured by rotation by one of the members of the Board of Directors, for a period of six months.
There are 13 working groups functioning within CDR and consisting of experts working in the fields of Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Education, Energy, Taxation, European Funds, Infrastructure, IT&C, Environment, Labor, Health, Financial Services and Tourism. The working groups consist of professionals and key personalities from the business environment, representing both the domestic and foreign capital. The working groups are designed to provide support and assistance to the line ministers, especially for formulating public policies that contribute in increasing the competitiveness of the Romanian economy.