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M6 to be continued as PPP

Further 79 kilometres of motorway in Hungary to be constructed as PPP 

The 54 km long section of Motorway M6 between Érdi-tető and Dunaújváros was opened in 2006 and the 8 km long section linking M0 and Érdi-tető is under construction. These two sections form Phase I. of the M6/M60 project.

According to existing designs the asphalt strip will reach Pécs City in 2010 before the date of the elections. The underlying reason for this objective is that this county seat will act as the European Cultural Capital in 2010. 

Considering the status of preconstruction works this project will be completed in two subsequent phases.  Expected to be issued this year, Phase II. would consist of a 49 km long section between Szekszárd and Bóly (M6), for which the permits are available and a 30 km long link from Bóly to Pécs (M60). Phase III. will include the section between Dunaújváros and Szekszárd which is currently in the approval process.

The Ministry of Economy and Transport intends to issue the two sections of Phase II. through a procurement process as a public-private partnership (PPP) project. The preparations of the project towards this end are underway. 

The Designs for Approval of the M6 section between 167+000 km and 173+000 km include 4 tunnels and 3 viaduct bridges presenting a considerable challenge already in the period of alignment definition and design and a still greater challenge to be faced in the implementation phase.  

Romania announces road PPPs

Some 2,500 kilometres of highway to be constructed in the 2008-2018 period out of which half to be built as PPP
 
Romania could build some 2,500 kilometres of highway in the 2008-2018 period, almost half of which is to be funded by means of a public-private partnership, said Radu Berceanu, Minister of Transport yesterday. "The Ministry of Transport has set out to build 1,500 kilometres of highway in the next eight years. We will be able to make the necessary preparations so as to build some 2,500 kilometres from 2008 through 2018," said Berceanu in an economy seminar. He specified that the construction of 1,500 kilometres of highway provided for in the government programme would use funds from the state budget, the EU and from international financial institutions. "In addition to these sources of funding, we want to have licence agreements for highways, i.e. public-private partnership projects for consortia of companies, which would be handling design, construction and administration of highway segments over a 30-year period," said Berceanu.

Source: Ziarul Financiar, 15 December 2006

For Prior Information Notices on construction works for highways in Romania please check the http://ted.europa.eu/ website.

Free Technical Assistance for Major Projects

CEE countries may apply for free technical assistance for major projects mainly in the transport and environmental sector. To bring this support close to the applicants, JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions) opened its first regional office on 12 January, 2007 in Warsaw.

The JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions) programme is a technical assistance partnership between the European Commission’s Regional Policy DG, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

JASPERS is managed by the EIB, within a structure that is separate from its lending activities. Its headquarters is in Luxembourg and three regional offices are being established in Central and Eastern Europe: an office in Warsaw (for Poland and the Baltic States), another in Vienna (for the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Hungary and Slovenia) and a third in Bucharest (for Bulgaria and Romania).

A team comprising of 54 technical, economic and financial experts is being put in place to provide technical assistance to the countries eligible for the JASPERS programme.

The JASPERS programme is made available to Member States to help them prepare major projects, mainly in the transport, environmental and other sectors where there may be large projects financed by the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund. The twelve new Member States are considered priority countries, although in principle the programme remains open to the other countries covered by the convergence objective.

JASPERS complements the project preparation work carried out by the national authorities. The total investment cost for the projects supported normally must exceed EUR 25 million for environmental projects and EUR 50 million for transport and other projects. However, these thresholds are interpreted flexibly for projects in small countries.

The use of JASPERS is without financial cost for the applicant is optional and involves no obligation for the Member States. The technical assistance provided by the JASPERS programme experts is provided free of charge to those States wishing to benefit from it. Furthermore, they are under no obligation to borrow from the EIB and the EBRD to finance their projects. By the same token, these institutions are under no obligation to grant financing for the execution of the projects in question.

For more information: http://jaspers.europa.eu/

Source: JASPERS General Brochure

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