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March 7, 2021

Master Transport Plan: Divergent views from CFR Marfa

While the Ministry of Transport and CFR SA keep organising sessions for leasing CFR railway sectors, the General Manager of CFR Marfa, George Buruiana, says the lease of approximately 40 per cent of the railway network, as the General Master Transport Plan stipulates, is a ‘mistake’.
‘My opinion is that such a measure – the conservation and closing of railways is a mistake. CFR Marfa takes 65 per cent of its traffic from these secondary lines. I don’t believe such a measure will be taken, after all, especially that the EU recommendation is to develop the railway and not to close it down’, Buruiana said.
The opinion of the CFR Marfa head seems reasonable, but he also ought to explain why the freight company has been unable to cope with the competition of private operators on railway and road.
CFR Marfa has laid off over 2,000 employees
The state-owned railway operator CFR Marfa has so far laid off 2,296 workers out of a total of 2,500 to be fired this year.
According to the revised budget for 2014, the company expects to close 2014 with 6,476 employees, 100 more than the number set in the initial budget.
The Government’s commitment to the IMF is to restructure CFR Marfa and to carry on the privatisation with a strategic investor, after the procedure of selling 51 per cent of the stock failed last year.

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