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March 1, 2021
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Pitesti – Sibiu road identified as motorway in ‘Transport’ Operational Programme

The Pitesti – Sibiu road segment will be included in the ‘Transport’ Operational Programme as motorway, Premier Victor Ponta announced on Saturday at the end of a visit to the Dacia automotive plant in Mioveni.
‘We made the unequivocal decision to have the Pitesti – Sibiu segment included in the ‘Transport’ Operational Programme the Government will approve by the end of this year, based on the Transport Master Plan, as motorway; I tell you this in my capacity as Prime Minister and not as a presidential candidate, because a President doesn’t build motorways. (…) It’s the Government that does them, relying on European financing, and the inclusion of the Pitesti – Sibiu segment in the master plan as motorway makes it eligible for European funding,’ the Premier said.
He added that the road connection will be carried out in two stages, first as an expressway and then as a motorway.
‘I repeat, this promise is unrelated to the campaign, because I know that if I get President I won’t be able to make motorways. But this has to do with the Master Plan the Minister in charge has presented inclusively here, in Mioveni, and which the Government will approve as Operational Programme on Transport in November-December. It will clearly provide the motorway regime [for this stretch], financing in two stages – first as expressway, with all the required expropriation proceedings – the feasibility study for the motorway, and as soon as we have the final funding, as motorway. It’s important that we get things started,’ Ponta said.  In his opinion, along with the Government’s economic policies, this investment will result in the continuation of investments on the Mioveni-based Dacia platform.
‘This will be an important element – I think and I hope – for Renault’s decision to continue investing in Dacia, thus increasing the competitiveness of this facility and of its products, as they also enjoy a reduction in workforce taxation, a competitive investment and tax environment, and an infrastructure at hand to help this development,’ Ponta underscored.

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