Transport Ministry tries to unfreeze infrastructure projects

The Transport Ministry (MT) has finalized the draft government emergency ordinance on the acceleration of the implementation of infrastructure projects and launched it for public consultation until March 9.

“The regulations promoted by this regulatory document have an impact on lowering the implementation deadlines of pan-European transport infrastructure projects, boosting the absorption rate of European grants allocated for pan-European transport infrastructure and developing the Romanian transport network. Likewise, the regulations included in this regulatory document contribute to Romania meeting the transport policy objectives by completing the TEN-T Core network by 2030 and the TEN-T Comprehensive network by 2050,” the aforementioned document reads.

The implementation of pan-European transport infrastructure projects is conditioned by the release of construction permits, in line with the legal provisions currently in force, and, implicitly, by obtaining the permits/agreements stipulated by the urban planning certificate. Usually, large pan-European transport infrastructure projects cross the territory of several counties, which generates the need to obtain a high number of permits/agreements that local authorities require through the urban planning certificates.

The Transport Ministry has set up a group of analysis which, in collaboration with the representatives of the other ministries, will initiate a simplification of the legislative process of obtaining permits and authorisations, an action that will be the aim of an emergency ordinance that will be promoted in March at the latest, the goal being to eliminate the delays in implementing the projects, Transport Minister Dan Costescu announced.

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