‘Calafat-Vidin bridge does not herald new spring for Romanian infrastructure’

Published on 17 June 2013 at 09:37

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Nicknamed the New Europe Bridge, the new crossing on the Danube which links Calafat in Romania and Vidin in Bulgaria, was inaugurated on June 14.
Cofinanced by the European Cohesion Fund, it was built at a cost of €300m and forms part of the Pan-European corridor which is to connect the German city of Dresden to Istanbul in Turkey. Inaugurated in the presence of Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, his Bulgarian counterpart Plamen Orecharski and the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, the bridge will facilitate the transport of freight between the two countries.
The high-profile project, which took six years to complete, ”should change the economy of the region,” even though the Romanian motorways that serve it are in a “disastrous” state, notesthe daily.

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