Romania-Poland joint declaration in support of the Rail2Sea corridor

Rail2Sea corridorRomania and Poland, through the Ministers of Transport of the two countries, Sorin Grindeanu and Andrzej Adamczyk respectively, signed on Tuesday in Bucharest a joint declaration in support of the Rail2Sea corridor.

“Our intention is to maximise the opportunities opened up by these projects, so as to strengthen the importance of Central, North-East and South-East European countries,” Grindeanu said.

The declaration is also to be signed by other European countries transited by these corridors: Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia. “The CEF financing of the Rail2Sea (rail) and Via Carpatia (road) projects will increase the importance of our Region in European and international transport. The two corridors, provided by the Rail2Sea and Via Carpatia projects, will create a modern and fast connection between the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Baltic Sea. In the current volatile context at the eastern border of the European Union, these road and rail connections are vital for the European economy”, added the Romanian Minister of Transport in the context of the statement in support of the Rail2Sea corridor.

Rail2Sea corridor promoted by the Three Seas Initiative

Rail2Sea is a project under the umbrella of the Three Seas Initiative and involves the development and modernisation of a railway line between the Baltic port of Gdansk and the Black Sea port of Constanta, crossing four countries: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

The source of funding for these projects comes from the European Interconnection Mechanism, national funds, other sources and other European funds.

The renewed Connecting Europe Facility programme, worth €33.71 billion, will fund key projects to improve transport and energy connections, digital services and connectivity in Europe. It will promote the interconnection, development and modernisation of railways, road, inland waterway and maritime infrastructure, and ensure safe mobility. Further development of the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) will be a priority. The new programme will ensure that the adaptation of infrastructure to improve military mobility within the EU will meet both civilian and military needs. A total of €1.69 billion of the transport budget will be earmarked for military mobility.

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