The Minister of Transport, Lucian Bode, welcomed on Friday the decision of the European Commission, which approved on Thursday financing worth 875.5 million euros for the Sibiu-Pitesti motorway, adding that at present, this “project is certainly moving forward”, given that in 2019 it was stumbling across the beetle.
“I would like to welcome from here as well, and in this way, a historic decision of the European Commission that Romania received yesterday. It is about the approval of the financing application for the Sibiu-Pitesti motorway, an investment worth 875.5 million euros non-reimbursable European funds for the financing of sections 1, 4 and 5, practically the first transcarpathian motorway in Romania. From a project that stumbled in 2019 across the beetle [Morimus Funereus, the tailor beetle, ed. n.], today we have a project that is certainly moving forward. Here we have this project, as well as the Transylvania motorway, coming to life in ten months,” said Bode, during a visit to Bihor County.
The financing of this objective was approved, the minister stated, as a result of the efforts made in the last eight months by an inter-institutional group, from the Minister of Transport, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of European Funds.
The European Commission emphasizes that this will be the first motorway to cross the Carpathian Mountains, allowing better connectivity in Romania along the Rhine-Danube corridor. This corridor will provide an uninterrupted connection along Romania, from the port of Constanta to the Nadlac customs, connecting central and western Romania with the European motorway network.