The traffic was blocked in Bucharest on Friday for approximately 15 minutes on Lascar Catargiu Boulevard to Romana Square and on Kiseleff Road, from Architect Ioan Mincu Street towards the Victoriei Square, after several drivers stopped their cars around 15:00hrs, joining the protest called “Romania wants motorways #sieu (#metoo).”
According to the Traffic Brigade, the traffic resumed around 15:20hrs.
“‘Romania wants motorways #sieu’ is a campaign initiated by Suceava businessman Stefan Manolachi. By mobilising a team of 17 men, Manolachi built one meter of highway in Suceava, in just one day. Subsequently, the businessman announced that on 15 March, as of 15:00hrs, he will stop the activity of his entire restaurant chain, for 15 minutes, in order to protest against the lack of motorways in Moldavia and around the country. Furthermore, he challenged other businessmen around the country to follow his example.
On World Consumer Rights Day, InfoCons urged all consumers in Romania not to buy any products or services on Friday, starting at 15:00 for 15 minutes, the Consumer Protection Association thus joining the protest “Romania wants highways”.
* The members of the Romanian Federation of Transport Operators (FORT) stopped their activity for 15 minutes in sign of solidarity with the protest “Romania wants highways”.
“The transport of goods and passengers, the backbone of the economy, cannot work without highways!” Who is responsible for the death of 60,000 people, caused largely by the lack of highways? “, underlined FORT.
* The Parallel 45 travel agency has also decided to join the campaign “Romania needs highways” by stopping work for 15 minutes. During the protest, employees had discussions with customers in their own agencies but no online bookings could be made.
* The Recolamp Association, the first organization that collects and recycles waste from lighting equipment in Romania, has also joined the campaign initiated by the businessman in Suceava and on March 15 the team members have interrupted the work to signal an alarm on the problems generated by the lack of motorways.
* The Danish furniture and home decorating retailer JYSK Romania joined the campaign for motorway construction and its over 800 employees from 73 stores in the country halted their activity on Friday for 15 minutes.
Commissioner Cretu: Funds can be provided for feasibility study of Moldavia motorway upon official request
European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu said on Friday that a feasibility study for the construction of the Moldavia motorway could be funded by the European Commission under the current financial programming period, but a formal request from the government is needed, which does not exist yet.
“About the Moldavia motorway, our DG Regio services have been consulted with the Government of Romania and our assessment is that we can provide funding for the feasibility study under the ongoing programming period but we need a formal request from the Romanian Government, which we do not have. So we, the European Commission, have offered to carry out the feasibility study for the Ungheni-Iasi-Targu Mures motorway under the current programming period, so that from the future budget on January 1, 2021 the actual construction may start. But we cannot do this without receiving a project – as is the case with the Sibiu-Pitesti motorway, which is a priority in the transport master plan – without the projects being submitted to the commission,” Cretu explained at a joint news conference with Bucharest General Mayor Gabriela Firea at the Bucharest City Hall.