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October 26, 2020

EC contradicts minister Sova regarding Pitesti – Sibiu highway

The European Commission did not impose a minimum timeframe within which the feasibility study for the Pitesti – Sibiu highway should be conducted, Shirin Wheeler, spokesperson for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, stated. This item of information contradicts one of Minister Dan Sova’s most frequently used arguments to justify the two-year delay in starting construction work, namely that “The feasibility study will be conducted over the course of 24 months, a minimum timeframe imposed by the European Commission.” In 2012, the Ponta Government cancelled a bid on updating the feasibility study. The study should have been finalized by now and construction work on the highway should have been initiated this year. In the same reply, DG Regio emphasized the importance of drawing up a Master Transport Plan for Romania, a mandatory condition without which authorities in Bucharest cannot receive non-reimbursable European funding for infrastructure projects in the 2014–2020 fiscal period.

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