Commissioner Hahn crosses the Danube on the Vidin-Calafat Bridge
(24 October 2012)
Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn today marked a historic moment as he crossed a new bridge connecting the Bulgarian region of Vidin to neighbouring and Calafat. The bridge which is co-financed by the EU is only the second bridge along the countries' 630 km border, demonstrating how the EU's Danube Strategy is stepping up co-operation in the region.
Commissioner Hahn stated: "I am proud that the EU Cohesion Fund has contributed to the building of this remarkable bridge and I am delighted to see the progress made, since I last visited in July. It is a rich symbol of 'Europe in action' - connecting communities and cultures, and achieving what our Union set out to do. It is a strategic link in the Trans- European corridors connecting South Eastern and Central Europe. This bridge opens up a whole range of opportunities for entrepreneurs, for innovators, academics, and young professionals on both sides of the water".
He added: "Alongside the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding between Romania and Bulgaria on sustainable development of inland waterway transport, the bridge is proof of good co-operation between the two countries, which I hope will continue in the framework of the Danube Strategy".
Commissioner Hahn accompanied the Prime-Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov and Prime-Minister of Romania Victor Ponta.