Sibiu-Pitesti highway project is still a priority, Romanian PM Dacian Ciolos assured Renault officials during his visit at Dacia plants in Mioveni, Arges County on Thursday.
“Our goal is to complete the feasibility study, which, as you know, because of bad manner of how it was developed and auctioned from the start, we had to extend the contract for its completion,” PM Ciolos said.
According to him, the objective of the government is to finish by year-end a “good and consistent” feasibility study that “to allow a technical project” and to build a highway so that the existing calendar in Transport Plan Master to be maintained.
However, the highway project will be part of the Centenary Law, which will have an infrastructure priority component for Romania, Ciolos added.
“So it’s no longer a matter of whether the Pitesti-Sibiu motorway will be built, but of how fast we manage to carry out this project,” Gov’t head stressed.
Geotechnical works of the feasibility study for Pitesti-Sibiu highway have been started in 2015.
At the same time, Ciolos noted that Romania is encouraging the sales of new cars, promoting Rabla program for this year, thus replacing the pollutant cars or of those which have already exceeded their use period.
On this occasion, Romanian PM stated that an increase of new car sales will protect employees’ jobs and will keep bring investors in Romania in this industry of cars manufacturing.
In his turn, Yves Caracatzanis, GM Dacia and Renault Romania Group stated that the French car manufacturer has invested EUR 2.4 billion in Romania so far. According to him, in the coming years, there are already provided new investments for product range’s modernization and renewal.
He has presented to PM Ciolos a series of figures that demonstrate that Dacia is the largest Romanian company in terms of turnover, representing 3 percent of GDP and 8 percent of Romania’s exports,