President Iohannis, PM Orban, booed during speeches on Small Union Day in Iasi. Pledges to build the Union Motorway

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President Klaus Iohannis was cheered but also booed during speech delivered in Iasi on Friday when he attended the events dedicated to the Unification of the Romanian Principalities, also known as the Small Union. The same went for PM Ludovic Orban, also present in Iasi.

Romanians and Romania need the Unirii (Union – ed.n.) Motorway, a ‘project enshrined by law’, which ‘compels’ the state to build a high-speed motorway over the Carpathians, thus uniting the historical provinces, the head of state emphasizing that without this motorway Moldova will not be able to recover the economic gap from the rest of the regions.

“Because we are in Iasi, in the heart of Moldova, I send a strong signal to the rulers: the Romanians and Romania need the Unirii Motorway, a project enshrined by law, which compels the state to make a high-speed motorway over the Carpathians. The historical provinces, Moldova and Transylvania, must be united! Without this motorway, Moldova will not be able to recover the economic gap,” the president affirmed.

Iohannis also pointed out that Romanians expect high performing public institutions, with upstanding, professional, honest and open civil servants, modern transport infrastructure, safe and well-equipped hospitals, schools where children can be safe and where they can receive an education to the highest standards.

“I am confident that the current Government fully understands the needs of the Romanians and will continue to take concrete measures to rectify all the crooked things. The first months have made it clear that the wishes of the people have been heard. In Parliament, however, the PSD [the Social Democratic Party] wants to block all reforms, which is why we need early elections. This is not a fad, but a pressing desire of the society for Romania to change for the better. The Romanians will vote again this year. I am convinced that through their choices they will demonstrate, again and again, that they no longer accepts superficial and poorly trained people in public positions. Those who pursue other purposes, those who will not rally to support honest reforms, for the benefit of the people, those who will try to undermine the fight against corruption will be automatically excluded from public affairs by citizens, by vote,” said the head of state, who was booed by some participants upon arrival in the Unirii Square in Iasi and while delivering his speech.

“I see opinions differ“, Iohannis retorted to the booing.

PM Orban vows that Union Motorway is one of the Government’s priorities

In his turn, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said in Iasi that the construction of the Iasi-Targu Mures and Sibiu-Pitesti motorways are two of the Government’s highest priorities, arguing that both motorways “are fundamental to ensure the connection between the historical provinces”.

Our goal is to finance the Unirii motorway, both the feasibility study and the construction, from European funds, through the multi-annual financial exercise 2021-2027. There are two higher priorities: the Unirii motorway and Sibiu-Pitesti motorway, which are fundamental to ensures the connection between the historical provinces (…) President of Romania was the one who organized the meeting of the Three Seas where the financing of a motorway project to ensure the north-south connection in the east of the European Union was put in place. This project, which corresponds largely with the Pan European Corridor IX, will be focus of our persistence and efforts to obtain funding and to complete it,” said Orban.

The PM also assured that, during the upcoming government sitting, the Iasi-Targu Mures motorway project will be transferred from the Strategy and Forecast Committee to the Ministry of Transport.

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