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February 27, 2020

Via Carpatia, an unnecessary project for Romania

After Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s Law and Justice Party came to power, the North-South highway project, dubbed Via Carpatia, is in the pipeline again. According to AFP, seven countries, signatories of the declaration, have adhered to the project (Lithuania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and Turkey), Polish Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk stated.

Bulgaria, also interested in the project, will rally to it “at the next opportunity,” considering that the Czech Republic took part in the Warsaw summit “as observer,” he added.

“Via Carpatia is a vital axis for the development of the regions to the east of central and eastern Europe. It is a communication route that will shatter the principle, in force until today, of building east-west routes,” the minister said.

No details about the project’s costs and date of launch were given, but participating countries hope to obtain an EU contribution for its completion. This initiative answers the new Polish conservative government’s ambitions to strengthen regional cooperation among European countries located between the Baltic and Adriatic Sea, in order to act as a counterweight to Western Europe.

In our opinion, Romania should not get herself involved in the strategic political ambitions of politicians in Warsaw. Particularly in the current European context. Especially since Via Carpatia will not bring (if built) any special benefit to Romania, either from the point of view of communications or transport and trade links.

Instead of spending money on a haphazard project (if it even reaches this stage), Romanian authorities should instead preoccupy themselves with using European grants in order to create a network of highways that would consolidate a west-east road axis.

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