The Eastern European countries are looking for solutions to develop and interconnect their transport infrastructure to facilitate trade between the north and south.
Via Carpatia – which starts in Lithuania and arrives in Greece, passing through Romania, a motorway that will encircle the Black Sea, passing through our country, a motorway from Hungary to Romania and a new road between Odessa and Varna through Dobrogea. These are just a few of the projects from Central and Eastern European officials who want to create new transport routes to boost trade and the labor market in the region. Under the Via Carpatia project initiated by the Third Sea Initiative, Poland and Slovakia signed an agreement earlier this week to link the Polish S19 express road to the new R4 road planned by Slovakia, but also to build a new bridge between Chyzne ( Poland) and Trstena (Slovakia) to improve traffic on the E77 international road, with work to be completed in 2021, according to the PAP news agency. “The objective of our efforts is to create convenient and competitive transport links both in road and rail transport,” said Polish Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk, who signed the agreement with his Slovak counterpart Arpad Ersek. An advantage for young people According to Adamczyk, Via Carpatia, which includes new connections, will boost business both in this part of Europe and across the European Union. “Thanks to this investment, young people from Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania will no longer have to look for jobs in Western Europe. They will be here, “he said. For his part, Arpad Ersek said that these contracts, which concern Poland and Slovakia, also have an international dimension. “Via Carpatia will connect us. It will ensure access to every place, “Ersek said, insisting that the new road will improve road safety and lead to the development of freight transport. The Via Carpathia International Route would start from Klaipeda and Kaunas in Lithuania, cross Bialystok, Lublin and Rzeszow from Poland via Kosice from Slovakia and Debrecen from Hungary and then reach Constanta, Romania, Bulgaria and Thessaloniki , in Greece.
A motorway around the Black Sea And it is not the only large project that would involve Romania. Recently, Russia officially started implementing the project known as the Black Sea Ring, according to information published on the official website of the World Motorways Association. The project, for the first time in discussion at the summit of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization in 2006, involves the construction of a four-lane motorway system linking the Black Sea countries, the total length being or about 7,140 kilometers. Among the countries participating in this project are Turkey, Georgia, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Greece and Bulgaria. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Albania and Serbia will also be connected to this route via additional routes.The ring road would pass through several major cities, including Istanbul and Edirne from Turkey, Batumi and Poti from Georgia, Novorossisk, Rostov-on-Don and Taganrog from the Russian Federation, Mariupol, Melitopol and Odessa from Ukraine, Chisinau from the Republic of Moldova , Bucharest (Romania), Haskovo from Bulgaria, Komotini and Alexandroupolis from Greece. The project does not have a single budget, with each country paying for its own section. Certain funds would be provided by the European Union, some European banks, and other international financial institutions, including the World Bank.