EU: "NEW EUROPE BRIDGE" UNVEILED, IT JOINS ROMANIA AND BULGARIA ACROSS THE DANUBE” “” “

(Sir Europe – Bucharest) – "This bridge is a powerful symbol of the EU’s regional policy, which brings populations together and promotes trade relations of crucial importance": today, the Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, unveils the bridge, also known as "New Europe", which joins Bulgaria and Romania, and especially the neighbouring regions of Vidin and Calafat, across the Danube. Hahn is with Bulgarian president Plevneliev and Prime Minister Oresharski and with Romania’s Prime Minister Ponta. The bridge is the second one built along the 630-km border between the two countries: it cost 282 million euros, covered by 106 million euros’ EU funds as well as national and private investments. Built in 7 years, it is 1.8 kilometres long and accommodates a 4-lane road, one single-rail line, as well as pedestrian and cycle tracks. "Such work is crucially important to the EU, since it is a milestone in a process that, starting from the north, might run through the Baltic region, Central Europe, Romania and Bulgaria, through to Greece". Hahn adds: "I am sure the partnership between Romania and Bulgaria that we helped promote through the Danube Strategy and that has made this project possible will make the relations between the two countries tighter, with huge benefits for both".

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