The Romanian Businessmen’s Association (AOAR) calls, on the authorities, to present transparent and, at the very least, quarterly reports on the progress of various infrastructure projects, mainly as far as roads and railway infrastructure are concerned, funded out of EU funds, public budget and loans from international banking institutions, Mediafax reports. “AOAR publicly voices its disapproval of the Government’s frequent changes in priorities as regards major transport infrastructure projects,” is stated in an open letter addressed to the Government and the Transport Ministry.
Representatives of the business community invoke, as a case in point, the project to build a high-speed rail system on the Vienna-Budapest-Bucharest-Constanta route. “This railway route would join the four cities with the Paris-Strasbourg-Stuttgart-Vienna-Bratislava-Budapest railway axis. Announced officially, in the November 2007 Romania-Hungary joint Cabinet meeting, mocked and neglected, in fact, by the succeeding Transport Ministers, this ambitious project, worth approximately EUR 8 bln, was used, subsequently, merely as a pretext for public statements by politicians,” the aforementioned source argued.