Small beetle stops Romania’s most awaited infrastructure projectChristian Fernsby ▼ | February 5, 2020
The European Commission (EC) has postponed its decision on granting financing for Romania’s most awaited infrastructure project the Sibiu-Pitesti highway, which should link Southern Romania and the capital Bucharest to the Transylvania region and Western Europe.
Business in Romania Morimus Funereus
Topics: Romania infrastructure
The EC’s concerns are related to the highway project’s impact on Morimus Funereus, a species of beetle that lives in the area where the highway will be built. Morimus Funereus, also known as the tailor beetle is on the list of animal and plant species of community interest whose conservation requires the designation of special areas of conservation.
The authorities in Brussels have sent Romania a list of questions on the project’s impact and the protection measures to be implemented. The Romanian authorities have two months to send their answers or the financing request could be denied, according to Ziarul Financiar.
Romania is trying to get EU financing that covers 85% of the project’s cost, which is estimated at some EUR 3 billion. ■