Prime Minister Viorica Dancila lied when stated that the file related to the modernization of the Bucharest Ring Road at a highway level through EU funds is ready and it will be sent to the European Commission on October 15, MEP Siegfried Muresan (PPE/PNL) stated on Thursday, invoking an official answer of the European Commission, which, according to his statements, confirms that the Romanian Government never submitted until now the financing file.
“The Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated two months ago that the file related to the modernization of the Bucharest Ring Road at a highway level is ready and will be sent to the European Commission on October 15. Prime Minister Dancila lied. The European Commission answered to a written interpellation which I addressed, saying that no financing request has been submitted until today for the Bucharest Ring Road, the project still being a draft”, MEP Siegfried Muresan stated, according to a PNL press release.
According to the quoted source, since the submission of the 1 Mai – Otopeni Subway Project on December 24, 2017, the PSD-ALDE Governments haven’t submitted any major transport infrastructure project.
“At present, European funds are absorbed in Romania only by mayors and chairmen of county councils. The important infrastructure projects for which the Government is responsible are still expected. No matter how good the mayors and the chairmen of the county councils are, they cannot compensate the incompetence of the Government, which has the obligation to build highways, high-speed railroads and regional hospitals”, MEP Siegfried Muresan added.
According to the EC answer presented by Muresan, “The Commission’s services haven’t received yet any financing request for a major project related to the Bucharest Ring Road. The Transport Ministry informed the Commission’s services that CNAIR (the National Company for the Administration of the Road Infrastructure) sent to it the request for financing from the Cohesion Fund. Therefore, the Commission understands that the project is still a draft at national level. The Transport Ministry informed the Commission that by the end of 2018, the financing request related to the major project regarding the Southern Bucharest Ring Road will be submitted to the Commission. After the Commission’s services will receive the financing request for the project, it will be assessed, and a decision will be made within three months from the submission date”.
The same document presented by the PNL MEP mentions that “the Transport Ministry informed the Commission’s services that the dates that were scheduled for the start of the works on the Bucharest Ring Road are different, depending on the road section”.
“According to the Transport Ministry, the design and the works related to the Bucharest Ring Highway – the South Section, will start in April 2019, but the works on certain sections have already started, for instance on the section between A1 and DN7 and the overpass on DJ 602 Bucharest – Domnesti”, the Commission also mentions.
PM Dancila announced in October that the file by which Romania request financing from European money for the Bucharest Ring Road is ready and will be sent to the European Commission.
PM stated that the financing requested by Romania exceeds EUR 1.3 billion, VAT excluded.
“We have made important progress in ensuring the financing of the investments related to the existing Ring Road of Bucharest, as well as to the new infrastructure at the highway level. The file by which we request financing from European money is ready, and we will send it to the European Commission on Monday (October 22 – e.n.). We request financing from European money, namely from the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme, for this highly important project. We are talking about funds estimated at over EUR 1.3 billion, VAT excluded. The Government will provide all its support to attract European financing needed to carry out this project”, Viorica Dancila stated on October 18 at the Victoria Palace.