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January 21, 2021

PM Ciolos: Transport Ministry readies emergency ordinance to unlock infrastructure projects

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Friday announced that the Transport Ministry is preparing several normative acts to unlock the authorization process that is delaying certain infrastructure projects and to facilitate the preparation of public procurement contracts.

“In the following days, the Transport Ministry is drafting an emergency ordinance to unlock the approval and authorization process that is very much delaying several projects – the set aside, for instance; the various permits concerning the energy carriers a. s. o.; other partners who come into contact with the infrastructure projects. Drafting is in progress, it’s a matter of days, a government decision to clarify certain aspects about the public contracts, the same to ease, to make the preparation of the public procurement contracts simpler and more transparent,” Ciolos mentioned at the end of a work meeting at the Transport Ministry.

The head of the government added that he has asked the National Roads and Motorways Administration Company (CNADNR) manager Catalin Homor to submit a more specific vision on his intentions to make the company more professional.

Too few investments made in Constanta Port

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Friday demanded that Minister of Transport Dan Costescu conduct his own analysis into the situation of the Constanta Port, considering that, despite its profit, too few investments are made there.

“We have focused on discussions on the operation of Constanta Port, where I asked the [transport] minister to come, in the next period, with his own analysis, because there are some things that are not very clear, at least to me. Constanta Port is not just a company that must be profitable and it is so, but despite its profit, too few investments are made there. So I want to see in the next period what measures we can take to streamline the port’s activity,” Ciolos said at the Ministry of Transport, where on Friday afternoon he had a working meeting with the institution’s management.

The prime minister said that at the meeting they also “reviewed briefly the outlook for TAROM to see also there a greater perspective.”

“We reach the end of the manager’s contract that is responsible for the company at the moment, but at the same time I understand that a study to give a direction, a development strategy to the company for the next period is under preparation. The current management had, under contract, responsibilities related to making the company profitable again. Indeed, the company’s losses declined, but it is not profitable yet. So also there, I would like to clarify little things this year,” added Ciolos.

The prime minister said that in the next period he would have discussions also with the management of other companies subordinated to the Ministry of Transport.

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