EU provides 118 mln euro to Romania for 10 transport infrastructure projects

The European Commission said on Thursday it is providing Romania with 118 million euro ($134.4 million), to be used to finance reconstruction works and feasibility studies for ten major railway, water and road infrastructure projects, according to SeeNews.com.

The funding is part of a wider 2.2 billion euro EU initiative aimed at supporting economic recovery in all member states with 140 key transport projects, the Commission said in a statement.

Some 48.3 million euro will be used for modernization works on the railway line between Bucharest Nord train station and Henri Coanda International Airport, while 510,000 euro will be used to build new parking areas for 70 heavy-duty vehicles close to Ploiesti, southern Romania.

Some 26.7 million euro will be used to finance a feasibility study for the modernization of the railway line linking Apahida in Cluj county to Suceava in Suceava county, while 17 million euro will go towards financing a feasibility study for the modernization of the Bucharest – Craiova railway line.

A further 9.4 million euro will be invested in a feasibility study for a project for the modernization of the railway line connecting Coslariu in the central county of Alba to the northwestern city of Cluj-Napoca.

Some 4.3 million euro will be used for a feasibility study for a project for the overhaul of the railway lines of the Bucharest Nord railway complex, and a further 3.436 million euro will be used to fund a study on the development of the Drobeta-Turnu Severin Port by constructing a tri-modal terminal

For the remaining projects, Romania is partnering up with other member states for the on-board deployment of ETCS Baseline 3 for Siemens locomotives operating on the TEN-T, for the deployment of the SESAR Air Traffic Management programme and for the creation of a network of connected safe and secure parking areas with neighboring Hungary.

The Commission’s Executive Agency for Innovation and Networks (INEA) will sign grant agreements with project beneficiaries by January 2021 at the latest, according to statement.

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