EU Cohesion policy invests over €145 million in better transport connection in Romania

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28/10/2020

The European Commission approved an investment of over €145 million from the Cohesion Fund to build a 31 km bypass around Bacău, in Eastern Romania. The project will divert transit traffic and heavy goods vehicles away from the city, thus reducing accidents, congestion and pollution. The bypass forms a link in the major transport artery that runs from Ploesti in the South, to Siret in the North, and is part of the TEN-T core network. Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, commented: “This bypass is essential for the development of Bacau and its hinterland as it will facilitate mobility and access to the region. This project will also increase road safety and reduce pollution, which will have a great impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Cohesion policy is not only about building key infrastructures, but also about improving people’s lives”. The project will create jobs, users of this new road will benefit from time savings, reduced vehicle operating costs and higher levels of safety. Moreover, police, paramedics and firefighters will be able to reach the venue of emergencies more easily. Finally, reduced congestion will decrease traffic noise and air pollution. The project is expected to be operational as of September 2021. (For more information: Vivian Loonela– Tel.: +32 229 66712, Veronica Favalli - Tel.: +32 229 87269)

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