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November 29, 2022

Transport Minister Grindeanu: Reception for rest of 16 repaired railway lines at Constanta Port scheduled in 10 days

Minister of Transport Sorin Grindeanu (photo L) announced on Tuesday that 19 of the 35 railway lines at the Constanta Port, repaired under an emergency procedure, have been received, and for the other 16 lines, the reception of the works is scheduled in 10 days.

“We started in the spring with what we found here on the railway area, namely those 99 railway lines that looked the way they looked, with overgrown vegetation, with abandoned wagons and we prioritized things. We entered under an emergency procedure with 35 lines and we benefited from 200 million RON from the reserve fund. Regarding the 35 lines, most of them have already been received, namely 19, the other 16 are up next to be received by 10-12 November, so in 10 days. So the 35 lines which entered under the emergency procedure are completed,” Grindeanu told a press conference organized at the Constanta Port.

The Minister of Transport mentioned that the rest of the 64 railway lines remaining to be repaired were divided into three lots, and the bids have already been organized for two of them and the builders have been appointed.


Speaker Ciolacu: Constanta Port became main entrance hub, firstly of grains toward the entire Europe


Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu, the Social Democratic Partyţs (PSD) chairman, stated on Tuesday that the Constanta Port, which has been modernized with non-reimbursable funds worth over 1 billion EUR, has become a main entrance hub, firstly of grains toward the entire Europe.

“It is for the first time that we see a change of vision in the Transport Ministry and a special attention on behalf of Minister Sorin Grindeanu for the railway infrastructure. We have all seen, especially after the start of the conflict in Ukraine, how important this infrastructure is and how important the Constanta Port is, which, currently, has become a main entrance hub, firstly of grains toward the entire Europe,” Ciolacu told a news conference organised at the Constanta Port.

Marcel Ciolacu mentioned that the Constanta Port has been modernized with non-reimbursable funds worth over 1 billion EUR, “which represents the best proof that Romania wants to become a powerful regional player.”

“This year we deal with an increase of 400 percent compared to the 2020-2021 period in terms of contracting construction and modernisation works in the road infrastructure, namely 16.7 billion RON, without the VAT. This year, the Transport Ministry’s absorption of European funds, for which even the greatest enemies or political opponents should say congratulations, stands at 8.8 billion RON, until the end of the year,” Ciolacu also said, according to Agerpres.

Marcel Ciolacu underscored that investments in infrastructure are “investments with the highest degree of economic multiplication and, at the same time, a support, so that Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area bring economic benefits as quickly as possible.”


Photo: Facebook/Sorin Grindeanu

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