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Authorities claim Romania will have 500 km of highway

Romania will be a construction site this year and will win the bet on developing its road infrastructure, Transport and Infra­struc­ture Minister Anca Boa­giu stated during a press conference yesterday, Mediafax informs.


She added that 243 kilometers of highway are currently under construction and tenders for another 220 kilometers are ready, this being “the largest highway construction programme ever started in Romania.”
Boagiu pointed out that legislative changes seeking to remedy the problems having to do with investment projects have taken place lately but that there is still a very difficult problem, namely the migration of specialized personnel from state-owned to private companies.


“We need qualified personnel to return to the public sector,” the Minister stated. She added that the National Highway Company (CNADNR) recently hired 30 young engineers and wants to sign partnerships with construction faculties throughout the country. Referring to the issue of sources of financing, Boagiu stated that there are no problems with the funds. Likewise, according to the Minister, the institution will take measures in order to eliminate “characters that resort to intercession.”


The Minister added that until now she did not want to hold meetings with private company representatives and she met the representatives of foreign groups in the presence of foreign ambassadors. Boagiu asked them to maintain the same quality of work they observe abroad.


Asked about the Comarnic-Brasov Highway, Boagiu stated that the project is currently re-evaluated in order to re-launch the tender and the new tender books are being prepared.


On the other hand, the Pitesti-Sibiu highway segment for which there are sources of financing will be built as a public-private partnership.


Attending the event, Social-Democrat Senator Sorin Bota, head of PSD’s Transport and Infrastructure Department, stated that the same old projects are being discussed in Romania. “Every time we have a new Minister we have a new bet,” he said, adding that Boagiu claims that all state-owned companies should have private management but she is yet to appoint a new general manager for Tarom.


ROAD BODY INVESTIGATED FOR POSSIBLE FIXED TENDER


The Competition Council (CC) is investigating whether five companies came up with fixed offers during a tender that the National Highway Company (CNADNR) organized for a road markings contract. “The CC has started an investigation concerning the violation of the competition legislation. SC Plastidrum SRL, SC Signature Semnalizare SRL, SC Swarco Romania SRL, Swarco Heoscont Strassenmarkierung GmbH and Eleftherios Kokkina­kis LTD are the suspected culprits. The investigation focuses on whether the five companies filed fixed offers during a public procurement tender that CNADNR organized for a road markings contract,” a Competition Council communiqué shows.


The institution conducted unannounced verifications at the headquarters of Plastidrum, Signature Semnalizare and Swarco Romania, picking up documents. “Competition in the public procurement domain is manifested at the time when companies take part in tenders. That is why we want to spot and correct dysfunctions in this domain, so that we’ll end up having efficient use of public funds as well as improved transparency,” Bogdan Chiritoiu, President of the Competition Council, stated in a communiqué.

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