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EU Commissioner for regional policy warns Romanian Gov’t to file mature projects for EU financing. Criticism for regional hospitals delay

European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cretu, has urged the Transport Ministry to file mature project for EU financing, such as Sibiu-Pitesti, Pitesti-Constanta highways or bridge in Braila.

Cretu stated in Cluj on Friday in a dialogue with the citizens hosted by the Babes Bolyai University that the last project filed by Romania on the Operational Programme for Large Infrastructure is Gara de Nord-Otopeni subway line and there are no new projects, except for water and sewage projects.

There are problems regarding the administrative capacity, the red tape has not been cut, and Romania has lost money on the transports sector.We call on the Transport Ministry to prepare mature projects, Sibiu – Piteşti, Piteşti – Constanţa, bridge in Brăila.We have money to start this programming period for the feasibility study of Montana highway. I am surprised that all mayors tell me there no money but there are funds from the Operational Programme for Large Infrastructure,” Cretu argued.

I hope works on the three regional hospitals start by the end of 2019

The EU Commissioner for Regional Development also voiced hope that works on the three regional emergency hospitals from Cluj, Iasi and Craiova would start by the end of 2019.

Corina Creţu said it’s sad that the feasibility studies have been scheduled to be concluded in 2016, but they are done not even until now.

There have been delays and I will never avoid warning the member states when there are delays on the infrastructure for the important investments, but now EIB have done the feasibility studies for the hospitals in Cluj and Iasi, Craiova is next. The projects will reach the EC by the end of this year, we hope to approve them as soon as possible. Public tenders will start after that and my hope that constructions will effectively start by the end of 2019, for the money can be spent until 2023. It’s sad the projects were signed in July 2015, the feasibility studies were planned to be ready by 2016 and we are n 2018 and they are not ready,” Cretu said.

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