Transport Ministry… still at walking pace

+ Transport Master Plan law to be approved in first half of the year, Transport Minister promises

Just like the other ministers that held the Transport portfolio before him, Dan Costescu (photo) does not seem in a hurry to solve the big problems facing the whole infrastructure coordinated by the Transport Ministry.

Here is the most recent case: although the former government approved the Transport Master Plan a year ago, and the European Commission issued a favourable opinion on it as early as September 2015, this document is yet to take on the character of a law. It would not have been complicated for the Transport Master Plan to be put up for Parliament’s approval, because it was discussed last year in all the special commissions of the two Chambers. The Government that took office in November last year is starting to come to its senses.

That is precisely why Minister Dan Costescu announced that the draft law that includes Romania’s Transport General Master Plan is almost completed and will be sent to Parliament for debate and approval in March. That’s fine, we could say, if it were not for the fact that the minister concerned is entertaining the hope that the Transport Master Plan Law could be adopted… at the end of this parliamentary sitting. Was the Transport Minister not aware that 2016 is a local and general elections year? And that, in this context, the probability of passing such an important law would take longer?

Of course he knew that but, as all transport ministers, he is delaying things. Dan Costescu announced that for a better utilization of European funds, the Government has decided that the Transport Ministry should take over the intermediary body for the management of European funds. But even this entails the wasting of time. Costescu says that a “last-minute” Government Decision is being drafted for the “authentication” of this measure.

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