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December 7, 2022

Bridge over the Danube will be ready in 2013

“Let’s adapt the ship to the Danube, rather than the Danube to the ship,” says the European Commissioner for Regional Development, Johannes Hahn.

The bridge over the Danube that will connect Calafat (Romania) with Vidin (Bulgaria) will be ready in January next year because of delays experienced by the Bulgarian side, as the Romanian side completed 95 per cent of infrastructure works, Mediafax reports. Romanian authorities and European Commissioner Johannes Hahn visited the bridge site on Saturday, to see how construction works go. The EC official was accompanied by the Minister of Interior, Ioan Rus, the Dolj County Prefect Elena Costea, the president of the Dolj County Council, Ion Prioteasa and the state secretary with the Ministry of Transport, Vasile Preda, who blamed the year-to-year delays on the Bulgarian side.In his turn, the European commissioner said that he is no technical expert in engineering and only saw the data presented by Romanian authorities, but he still enjoys seeing workers on the construction site Saturday. Hahn mentioned that he visits this bridge because it is a symbol that unites two peoples of Europe. “We worked for many years in order to reach this phase of the project and we hope that it will be completed at the end of the year. Infrastructure, too, will be finalised when the bridge will be put in use; this contributes to improving collaboration not only between Bulgaria and Romania, because there is only one bridge in this entire region, on a surface of 630 km. Now we have another and we hope that, in time, we will have even more bridges, because we need them to better connect the two nations, so they become a real support for commerce and opportunities for people to interact, not just by using ferries,” Johannes Hahn said. The Romanian-European delegation then visited the construction site on the Bulgarian bank of the Danube, and the European commissioner said that he hopes he attend the opening ceremony as well.Also on Saturday, while visiting the Mehedinti County, the European commissioner for Regional Development spoke about the Danube strategy, saying that the river fleet needs to be renewed and proposed designing a ship that will answer both economic and environment demands. “We launched a first study for building a typical freighter that will give a combined answer to economic and environment demands,” Johannes Hahn stated.According to the EC official, only 10 pc of the freight transport potential is currently used, and in view of developing transport on the Danube one must harmonise the environment and economic requirements. During his visit through Mehedinti, Johannes Hahn was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Andrei Marga, the Minister of Regional Development Eduard Hellvig, the Minister of Economy Daniel Chitoiu and the Minister of Environment and Forest Rovana Plumb. After a visit to the Iron Gates I hydropower plant, Hahn participated in a conference on the EU strategy for the Danube Region, attended by several Bulgarian officials.

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