Transport master plan includes 530 projects


Thus, the top priority projects that can be financed with European funds will be known exactly, the PM Victor Ponta says.

The Transport Minister finished the Transport Master Plan, which currently includes 530 projects, and the document will be launched for public debate, a procedure at the end of which it will be known exactly what the top priority projects that can be financed with EU funds are, Premier Victor Ponta announced, Mediafax informs.
“Minister Sova informed me that the Transport Master Plan, the list of projects considered admitted for the Transport Master Plan – we’re talking about 530 projects, road, railway, maritime, air and intermodal transportation – will finally be put up for public debate and, on this basis, Romania will forward to the European Commission concrete projects, following a public debate and based on all procedures,” Ponta announced during the government’s meeting on Wednesday.
Thus, he pointed out that it will be known exactly what the top priority projects are and which of them can be financed from European funds.
Several months ago the European Commission warned the government that the draft Partnership Agreement sent to Brussels, which will regulate the way in which community funds will be used from 2014 to 2020, is incoherent and lacks clear priorities, asking for the document to be revised. The Commission also signaled the lack of a Master Plan for Transport, drawing attention to the fact that the Agreement will not be discussed until the Master Plan is finalized and that, moreover, there is the danger that the whole operational program forecast for grand projects will be blocked in the absence of this plan.
At the end of March, Transport Minister Dan Sova stated that the General Transport Master Plan will be completed by April 15 in the form needed for the approval of European funds. He pointed out that the document should have been finalized by the end of last year but because that deadline was not respected consultancy contract signed by the Transport Ministry with the World Bank had to be extended as part of a support project for the implementation of a general strategy in the transportation and infrastructure sector.
According to the data announced by the Transportation Ministry, the level of absorption of European funds attracted by Romania last year through the Transport Operational Sectoral Program stood at EUR 923 M, EUR 559 of which were absorbed by the National Highways Company, EUR 299 M by CFR (of which EUR 65 M by Metrorex), and the remaining EUR 64 M were directed to the naval sector, with no sums obtained for the air sector.
The Transport Operational Sectoral Program was frozen in 2012 by the European Commission because of irregularities identified in the way contracts were offered, and was unfrozen last year.

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