European Commissioner Corina Cretu (Regional Policy) on Wednesday approved the rescheduling of the 2007 – 2013 budget RO-NET project on the construction of a national broadband Internet network in disadvantaged areas of Romania, by using the structural funds, because the works scheduled in the initial project could not be completed by the end of 2015 due to the delays in the authorization of works.
The total value for the first stage of the project is 18.8 million euro, of which 12.5 million euro co-financing through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
“Out of the 2,268 localities of Romania that have no Internet access, 783 were included in the RO-NET project. Its goal is to (…) generate economic growth and create new jobs,” said Corina Cretu.
“The access to the high-speed Internet will allow the inhabitants of the disadvantaged areas to benefit from several opportunities. I’m talking in particular of new opportunities for youth in education, and also of the development of the business milieu and the creation of jobs. It is a project that contributes to reducing the digital gap that exists between the rural and the urban areas. Some 400,000 Romanians, 8,500 companies and 2,800 public bodies will have access to high-speed Internet,” the commissioner declared.
The ‘Building of a national broadband Internet network in the disadvantaged areas, by using structural funds’ major project is part of the Operational Programme Competitiveness and Economic Growth for structural assistance; it provides for the installation of 3,265 km of optic fibre, in addition to the current telecom infrastructure of Romania.