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Brussels, 08 November

More than € 49 million to help Romania repair rail and roads damaged by floods

Regional policy Commissioner, Danuta Hübner, has announced that Romania will receive fast-track support of more than € 49 million to help repair rail and roads damaged by floods. The European Commission decided to offer this aid to Romania through the ISPA programme (Pre-Accession Instrument for Structural Policies), which helps candidate countries prepare to become members to the European Union. The money will be used for the reconstruction of railways and roads in Romania damaged and destroyed during the floods in July and August.

"This demonstrates the solidarity of the European Union towards Romania and its citizens. Even more so in times when a disaster threatens to delay the completion of important railways and roads networks”, said Commissioner Hübner.

Devastating floods hit Romania last summer causing widespread damage and destruction. The floods hit in particular, the railway sections Focsani – Putna Seaca and Bucharest Progresu – Giurgiu, which are located on Transport Corridor IX and the Trans-European Network (TEN-T). Two important railway bridges collapsed, one in each section. The railway Corridor IX is one of the two main railway lines in Romania and crucial in order to ensure the railway circulation, both for international and national traffic.

Further damage was caused to roads part of the same transport network, in particular key road sections on national roads 12A, 12B, 2L and 2M, connecting to or being part of the TEN-T and Corridor IX.

The tendering for the reconstruction works will take place towards the end of 2005 and the beginning of 2006.

The European Commission is also dealing with two separate applications from Romania for financial assistance from the EU Solidarity Fund relating to the floods occurred in Spring and Summer.

Background

Launched in 2000, ISPA is one of the three financial instruments (with Phare and Sapard) to assist the candidate countries in the preparation for accession. Based on the principles that govern the Cohesion Fund, it provides assistance for infrastructure projects in the EU priority fields of environment and transport. More information is available at:

http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/funds/ispa/ispa_en.htm and
http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/atlas/romania/factsheets/pdf/fact_ro_en.pdf


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