President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday that it was “obvious” that Romania’s infrastructure “lags behind” because its development was not desired, stressing that this paradigm will change.
He participated in the inauguration of the 3rd section of the Transylvania Motorway, between Iernut and Chetani, Mures County.
“It is obvious that the infrastructure in Romania is lagging behind. I do not want to detail again why it is lagging, I think that around me there are people who all know that, in fact, the development of the infrastructure was not really desired and now this paradigm has changed, now it is wanted. Please understand why I am here today. I did not come for festivities and I did not come to end something, I came to give a signal. I came to give the signal that we have to work faster, we have to stick to deadlines and we have to advance much faster with the infrastructure works. This event is not a terminus point, this event is a mid-point, because we have still got a lot of work to do in Romania,” said Iohannis.
The head of state added that the large infrastructure is an “extremely” important point in the National Plan for Romania’s Economic Recovery, “perhaps the most difficult”.
“There is a need here for a lot of involvement and here I have very high expectations from the Government and the builders to take important steps. So this event wants to show that we realize the importance of these works and we realize that we need to change the pace, things must go faster. We need infrastructure. For that, of course, we need funding, but now the European funds are ready, the works need to be prepared and these big infrastructure projects will be the impetus with which Romania’s economy will recover significantly. My presence here today wants to show that I am interested and I will stay connected to these projects, I will stay connected because I realize their importance,” Iohannis said.
According to the president, infrastructure development is not “just a campaigning political desire”, but a basic necessity.
“Think that if we are talking about motorway works, we have the ambition to build the Transylvania Motorway, which must be completed, the Unirii Motorway, Prahova Valley, Olt Valley and many other works that we have planned and that this time, I can assure you, we will achieve in a surprisingly short time,” Klaus Iohannis added, according to Agerpres.
PM Orban: In order to speed up infrastructure works, the Gov’thas revised part of the legislation on public procurement
Present also at the inauguration ceremony, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said that soon from (central) Targu Mures it will be possible to reach (western) Bors on the motorway and that the Government is also interested that the inhabitants of Moldova and Bessarabia can reach the European infrastructure.
“The idea of Transylvania Motorway was born around 2002 (…) Soon Targu Mures will be able to reach Bors on the motorway and we are also interested, in equal measure, that our brothers from Moldova and Bessarabia can reach the European infrastructure on the motorway. For this reason we pay special attention to the area of Targu Mures – Targu Neamt which is under contract for carrying out the feasibility study, also to the section of Targu Neamt-Iasi-Ungheni (…) there is a motorway linking Ungheni [from Mures, ed. n.] to Ungheni [from Iasi, ed. n.]. We are also in the tender process to carry out the feasibility study and the technical project. (…) Infrastructure investments are a zero priority and we will allocate all the necessary funds to achieve the main infrastructure objectives as support for Romania’s economic development,” said Ludovic Orban.
The Prime Minister added that in order to speed up infrastructure works, the government has revised part of the legislation on public procurement.
“Moreover, we have already taken a few steps to adjust a little bit the law of public procurement and we will continue to use the expertise so that the procedures are as simplified as possible, not to falter due to impermissible delays owing to cumbersome procedures, to extensions of appeals, the resolution of disputes, either in court or at the CNSC the National Council for Solving Complaints], so that contracts can be signed as soon as possible, and they must be carried out in accordance with the contractual provisions,” Orban said.
He noticed the work carried out by the Astaldi company on lot 3 of the Transylvania Motorway, but drew the attention of the builder of the section of lot 4, between Chetani and the Turzii Plain, that is being delayed, that if he does not comply with the new contractual provisions, measures will be taken.