On Tuesday, the EU Cohesion Policy invests EUR 4 billion of EU funds in 25 large infrastructure projects in 10 Member States. The investment package involves Bulgaria, Czechia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Romania. The projects cover a wide range of areas: health, transport, research, environment and energy. With national co-financing, the total investment in these projects amounts to €8 billion, a release posted on the European Commission website reads.
Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: “These 25 projects are as many examples of how the EU is working to improve everyday life for our citizens from better drinking water to faster rail transport and modern hospitals. In the current budget period, I have adopted 258 large infrastructure projects worth EUR 32 billion of EU funds; they are, in a way, the ambassadors of Cohesion Policy and I’m proud of each and every one of them.”
Projects in Romania:
Integrated Road Infrastructure Network for the Bucharest Orbital Area
The project addresses the very limited capacity of the existing ring road around Bucharest. It supports upgrading to 2×2 lanes several sections of this road and construction of interchanges Domnesti-DJ602, Oltenita-DN4, Berceni-DJ401, and Mogosoaia-DN1A. It also supports the construction of 51 Km in the southern part of the new Bucharest Orbital Motorway.
Protection and Rehabilitation of the Coastal Areas – Phase II
The project consists of works on the coastal structures connected to the shore, beach stabilisation breakwaters structures, cliff consolidation works, support walls, dredging, and replenishment of sand on the affected beaches. The main objective of the project is to ensure adaptation to climate change, costal erosion risk prevention and management along the coastal line of the Black Sea in Romania, more specifically in the area of Constanța County.
Regional project for the development of water and waste water infrastructure in Timis County
The main objective of the project is the development of sustainable water supply and waste water systems in Timis County, in terms of availability, reliability and quality of the provided services, by promoting investments in the environmental sector, in order to comply with the provisions of the European acquis and fulfil the commitments undertaken for the environmental sector. The project area includes 26 drinking water service areas and 28 wastewater agglomerations with more than 380,000 people accessing better quality drinking water.
Improvement of urban public transport services by Metro on Metro Line 2. Berceni – Pipera, Phase 2.
The project involves interventions on Metro line 2 the rolling stock and to reconstruct the track substructure and trackside facilities such as electrical and sanitary utilities on the entire 19 km section of the line which runs mostly underground. This will ensure safer, more reliable and faster travel for Romanian commuters and travellers.