The Danube will be turned from a natural barrier to a highway meant to create business opportunities for over 100 M people, according to the officials attending the launch conference for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, organized in Tulcea, ‘Adevarul’ reports. One of the main targets in the Danube Strategy refers to turning the old river into a transport route, providing an alternative to land transport, which currently accounts for 70 pc of the regional transport market.
“From the Black Forest Mountains all the way to the Black Sea, the Danube will act as a communication corridor, and Romania is entrusted with several development projects along this line, amounting to over EUR 3 bln,” the Transport Minister Anca Boagiu stated in the opening of the conference. The navigation route will be enhanced and signalling systems will be set along the ships’ route. The Danube Region Strategy is underway and stipulates, in Romania’s case, the development of projects worth over EUR 3 bln. Participants in the conference dedicated to the Danube Strategy included the ministers Elena Udrea and Laszlo Borbely, who presented, in detail, the priority projects to be implemented by the Tourism and, respectively, Environment Ministry. “It is important to have the projects already drafted, as the EU 2014-2020 budget is being discussed now and we have to compete to draw more money,” Borbely argued.